Texas Instruments integrates PROFIBUS and PROFINET

Texas Instruments has long provided support for integration of PI technologies in various processors for industrial use. With the availability of the new AM 335x processor family, integration of PROFINET at the hardware level is now also possible. This will increase the performance of automation devices in terms of both communications and applications while reducing the effort for PROFINET integration.

A high-performance IRT 2-port switch can be realized based on the integrated “programmable real time unit (PRU).” The preprocessing of communication in the PRU means that more processing power is available for applications. The high-performance, ARM-based processor can process complex applications and communication simultaneously, thus enabling cost-effective integration of PROFINET.

The established and proven PROFINET firmware stack of Siemens is used to integrate PROFINET functions. As a result, device manufacturers can easily access the wide variety of available PROFINET functions.

Statements of the Speakers

Matthias Poppel, European Director Embedded Processing Marketing & Applications at Texas Instruments

"Support for PROFIBUS solutions has been in place since the introduction of our AM1810 microprocessor one year ago. With the integration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology in the new AM335x ARM-Cortex A8 microprocessor, TI is extending its involvement in the industrial automation market.”

Uwe Ruttkamp, Director for SIMATIC Product and System Management, Siemens AG

“For many years, PROFINET device manufacturers count on the experience and the know-how of Siemens. Beside own ASICs, firmware and development packages Siemens supports the development of PROFINET devices with competent consulting services and technical support. As a result of the long-time participation in the standardization committees of the PI, Siemens obtained comprehensive PROFINET expertise both, for the development of own products as well as for innovative technology projects, for example in co-operation with Texas Instruments.”


By: Weber