CANopen CHIPS AND MODULES
In cooperation with Philips Semiconductor (now NXP) in Sunnyvale and the Embedded Systems Academy in San Jose, a high-performance CANopen chip based on the PXA C37 microcontroller, one of the first 16-bit controllers with integrated CAN, was developed in 2002. This CANopenIA-XA chip is still used today in complex machine control systems. In the meantime, the new generation has appeared on the market, which on the basis of a 32-bit Cortex M0 with on-chip CAN is still an order of magnitude faster than its predecessor. In the first attempts made by a large customer with the new chips, the chips were so much too fast that we had to brake them artificially to carry out the tests.
Both generations are also available as a module, which already contains the most important components for the operation of the chip and thus decreases the board designer’s work.
In order to enable new customers to work quickly with the chips or modules, ESS also offers a starter kit that allows fast startup and testing of the chip’s functions.