The PROFIBUS Trade Organization has announced that its PROFInet Isochronous Real Time extension for high performance motion control has made significant progress and will be available within 18 months. The IRT model will complement the existing PROFInet Soft Real Time and offer 1-msec synchronization for over 150 axes of control. PROFInet IRT will use real time ASIC switches, which offer the chance to have interrupt-free solutions for complex situations. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-505.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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