Maximum performance for demanding closed-loop control tasks, process control and signal processing, as well as extensive communication protocols – these are the promising benefits of using the latest ATOM-E600 processor from Intel. It is integrated in the new generation of MC210 and MC205 CPUs. The Bachmann M1 controller uses it to also process complex applications at the highest level.
A generous one Gigabyte DRAM was integrated as the working memory: This lets the most demanding applications be handled easily. The use of mirroring in the DRAM considerably accelerates memory access to retentive data in the NVRAM: In this way, machine parameters such as parts counters can be updated with every cycle.
An autonomous process image controller was also integrated in order to fully utilize the performance of the new processor. This processes the cyclical communication to the input and output modules independently and thus ensures performance for the fastest process cycles. The performance of the CPU is made available in the meantime for other tasks.
Complete integration in the Bachmann concept
Besides the tried and tested COM1 and COM2 serial interfaces, the new generation of the processor module comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The time synchronization required for distributed automation and the synchronization of real-time fieldbus protocols is implemented with precise time stamps in accordance with IEE1588. A USB device interface enables the connection of a service laptop. This allows the link to the SolutionCenter to be established quickly and conveniently. The mass storage memory was also improved: The new CFAST card operates up to 80 times faster than its previous generation. An ejector at the side enables the memory card to be exchanged quickly and simply.
The features of the new MC200 series are impressive: In relevant applications using the modern interfaces and the process image controller, a considerable improvement in performance can be achieved compared to the corresponding MPC200 CPUs. The MC205 CPU with the 600MHz ATOM processor is thus in the performance range of the MPC240. The MC210 has the equivalent performance range of the MPC270 and MPC293.
By combining the latest technology in a robust design, Bachmann has been able to produce a power package that is also compact. It comes with an impressive lifespan and a broad temperature range from -30°C to +60°C.
Bachmann electronic GmbH
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