BECKHOFF Automation has equipped its industrial PC series and embedded PCs from the CX2000 series with the new Intel processors from the Sandy Bridge series.
The new Intel processor generation from the 32-nm series, codenamed ‘Sandy Bridge’ is better known as the second generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. With improved on-board graphics and a new CPU architecture, the processors offer even greater computing power.
By equipping its industrial PCs and embedded PCs from the CX2000 series with the new Intel processors, Beckhoff is further increasing the efficiency of PC-based control technology.
The multi-core processors can be used exceptionally well in combination with TwinCAT 3, the latest version of automation software from Beckhoff, which was specifically developed for use with multi-core processors.
Beckhoff is introducing the Sandy Bridge processors ‘across the board’ in its industrial PC series with ATX motherboards such as the C5102, C61xx, C62xx and C66xx control cabinet industrial PCs, the CP65xx built-in panel PCs and the C33xx and C36xx panel PCs.
In the series with 3½-inch main board, the C65xx, C69xx and C5210 control cabinet IPCs, the CP62xx and CP72xx ‘economy’ built-in panel PCs and the new CP22xx multi-touch built-in panel PCs are being equipped with the 2nd generation processors.
The new Intel processors are also being integrated into embedded devices from the CX2000 series, so that multi-core processor technology is now also available in a DIN rail-mounted format.
The basis for the new IPC series with second-generation Intel processors is formed by the Beckhoff-built industrial motherboards: CB1056 (ATX), CB3056 (3½-inch) and CB4055 (PC/104).
The multi-core technology is ideal for automation, since the vast majority of machines work in parallel and the associated control programs can therefore also be easily parallelised.
Motion control, CNC, measurement technology and robotic functions are implemented in software and executed on a central CPU in addition to the classic PLC functions.
Key advantages of integration with the 2nd generation Intel processors:
- Processors’ power reserves and modular multi-core architecture significantly expand the functionality of the automation platform
- Sandy Bridge processors with 32-nm internal feature size are characterised by low power losses
- CPUs have a new internal CPU architecture, higher second-level cache, faster on-board graphic card and faster DDR3 memory
- Ensures long-term availability for PCs