BUILD POWERFUL CONTROL SYSTEMS
AS EASY AS PLAYING WITH BUILDING BRICKS
Using Synapticon SOMANET hardware and software Modules, true electronic nervous systems can be built: They enable the creation of distributed real-time control systems. A SOMANET-based system is made up of multiple SOMANET Nodes, each placed directly at the sensor or motor it shall control. For any type of local real-time control application, an individual SOMANET node can be configured using three modules: processor (Core), communication (COM) and local
sensor & motor interface (IFM) module. For each of those module types there is a variety of options available, supporting any control application from simple sensor data acquisition up to sophisticated multi-axis motion control. Depending on the configuration of modules, especially the selection of the interface module, a SOMANET node can be used to perform any local task in a distributed control system.
MOTOR & MOTION CONTROL
The SOMANET Drive interface module series has a focus on driving brushless DC motors (BLDC, PMSM) from 1 to 5000 Watt permanent load, but can be also used to drive brushed DC motors as well as stepper motors of the same size. With up to four phase current sensors, a hall sensor interface, RS422, BiSS and SPI interfaces for quadrature encoders, digital GPIOs and analog inputs, a wide range of feedback sensors can be used. The included motor control software
contains everything required to use the hardware resources of the IFM Drive. Open-Source sinusoidal and open-API Field oriented Control (FOC) commutation methods are available as a base for the included DS402-compliant position, speed and torque/current control loops. Due to the free programmability of SOMANET Core modules and the software being widely open-source, highly customized motion control solutions can be developed.
SENSOR DATA ACQUISITION
Using the SOMANET GPIO interface module series any type of sensor can be connected to a system. Isolated and non isolated digital and analog inputs and digital outputs enable both, direct interfacing of low-level sensor signals as well as using parallel or serial protocols like UART, SPI or I2C through open-source software modules. Given an USB port, also sensors of higher complexity can be
directly interfaced. The parallel computing resources of SOMANET Core modules can be used in conjunction with a local buffer memory to process sensor data locally at the sensor node. Low-power communication module options and advanced power management functions of the processors, make SOMANET also a highly efficient platform for various applications, including the Internet of Things.
MODULARITY IN HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
Imagine plug & play with open, embedded hardware and software. SOMANET is as flexible as your own custom electronics design would be. Building prototypes gets a matter of hours, and integrating your system in a serial product is a seamless, sleek process.
OPEN-SOURCE & OPEN API
All SOMANET firmware, interface and application software modules (Soft IP Blocks) have an open API. Application packages are open-source and easily accessible, being hosted on Github. This makes SOMANET the most flexible platform for industrial applications and the development of control systems for series products.
INNOVATIVE PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY
Using Synapticon SOMANET System-on-Chips that utilize the multi-core, real-time architecture by XMOS as well as ARM architecture, SOMANET is the only embedded control platform that delivers the performance of FPGAs while being as easy to program as a microcontroller.
Communication Modules let SOMANET Nodes speak with each other as well as any other device connected to the local network or the internet. Industry standard interfaces like EtherCAT, CAN or WiFi are available as well as the high-end proprietary real-time communication link Synapticon DX, suiting every possible
Easily offer multiple versions of your product, serving different applications or industries, just by replacing a single module instead of designing and maintaining versions of a different printed circuit board design.
At the core of every SOMANET Node there is a processor module carrying one or more XMOS-based SOMANET SoCs. A single XMOS core provides up to 8 deterministic real-time hardware threads. This enables to run every timing-critical application in a separate thread. No need to struggle with execution sequences
in main loops or resource-consuming microcontroller OS. Up to 65k processor modules can be connected by SOMANET DX communication modules to be programmed as they were a single processor, providing a vast number of distributed threads.
Local Interface Modules are the link to the physical world for every SOMANET Node. They’re filling the hardware gap between motors or sensors and the processor controlling them. High-end BLDC, DC and stepper motor driver options are available as well as high-speed digital and analogue interfaces, supporting
sensors like force, sonar, IR, LIDAR and Cameras. Besides the range of universal IFMs instantly available, SOMANET compatible boards can be easily designed through open specifications and free to use electronic design templates.