Christoph Fritsch from Xilinx presented a 15-minute talk with details on designing Industry 4.0 Cyber-Physical Systems at the SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany last month. Embedded Know-How, an online incarnation of Embedded Control Europe magazine, recorded the presentation. You can watch it here.
Fritsch made several important points about Industry 4.0 in this talk. Key underlying elements include:
Green power—for lower operating expenses (OPEX)
Context-Aware Intelligent Systems—Sensor-based systems that include advanced sensing abilities such as specialized vision to help automate complex industrial processes
The Industrial Internet of Things—the convergence of dozens of mutually incompatible, legacy industrial networks into a universal, industrialized version of Ethernet
Functional safety—to meet new governmental safety requirements such as IEC61508
It should not be surprising to learn that Xilinx and several of its Alliance Program members are actively working in all of these areas. For example, the Xcell Daily blog just discussed the Green Power work being done with QDESYS to develop advanced motor controllers based on Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoCs and SiC (silicon-carbide) switching power transistors (see “10KW power inverter and motor controller employs SiC MOSFETs under Zynq control).