Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Industrial Communication

In applications relating to automation technology, the reliable interconnection under real-time
conditions plays a central role. In this context, we provide the following services:

 

  • hardware and software protocol implementations for real-time Ethernet protocols such as PROFINET and EtherCAT
  • redundancy methods such as MRP and HSR
  • middleware solutions such as OPC UA
  • methods for process and energy data acquisition
  • communication profiles for standardized energy data transmission, e. g. ProfiEnergy
  • integration of industrial networks and smart grid communication (industrial smart grids) and
  • self-configuring communication systems.

 

The high standards placed on reliability, together with the frequently limited resources of field devices, call for a simultaneous consideration of hardware and software. We provide comprehensive services in the development of embedded systems for automation, including

 

  • development of IP cores or systems on chip
  • RTL development (Verilog, VHDL) in ASIC quality or for FPGA target systems
  • verification of RTL code, e. g.  Cadence e Verification Language
  • hardware/software co-design
  • embedded software engineering for resource-constrained target systems.