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  • Synapticon is a dynamic international company based in the region of Stuttgart, Germany, with offices in Redwood City, California, and Belgrade, Serbia. Our mission is to rethink and deliver solutions for embedded computing and control systems to improve the future progression of robotics, industrial automation, special machinery, electric vehicles and the internet of things. We are committed to expediting technical progress and integrate it into components and services that enable our customers to provide bleeding-edge, high-quality products.
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  • EMBEDDED SYSTEMS RETHOUGHT - ENABLING INDUSTRIES OF TOMORROW

  • Meet the most comprehensive platform to create powerful control systems. Synapticon stands for best-in-class performance, ultimate flexibility and unparalleled accessibility. Our products dramatically reduce the time required to build R&D prototypes and turn them into optimized custom designs for your series product.

      • Oblac Tools

      • WEB-BASED DEVELOPMENT TOOLS FOR
        CONNECTED, DISTRIBUTED CONTROL SYSTEMS


        Synapticon OBLAC is an innovative and productive web-based development environment to configure systems, develop software, and to deploy and maintain Synapticon hardware modules. Developers can quickly configure and build any type of distributed system for real-time motion control and sensor processing applications. A visual editor enables to plan ahead complex, distributed systems and to instantly start using the Synapticon platform, without needing to read pages of documentation. The programming effort is reduced to authoring the code of the actual application: no need to struggle with multiple tool chains, unreliable board-support packages and assembling the required libraries. The whole infrastructural work of configuring system is automated.
          • WEB-BASED FOR MANY REASONS

          • Since OBLAC is web-based, the Synapticon embedded systems platform can be accessed and used even before having bought hardware. Configuring a system, programming an application, compiling code and running it in the simulator is possible free of charge and without any installation effort. Starting a new embedded systems project from scratch from now on is a matter of minutes, not weeks. Collaborate with others and access your projects from any device with a browser. Supporting Git repositories, your code can remain on your own servers. In case enhanced privacy is required and using soft- ware in the cloud is no option for your organization, a private installation on your appliance is possible.
          • DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

          • Ever tried to configure and develop code for a system comprising more than 3 computers? Tired of using different tool-chains for each OS, micro-controller and automation component in your project? OBLAC is for you. Choose from the catalog of Synapticon SOMANET Modules and a range of frequently used sensors and actuators to rapidly configure your system. Add any type of generic computing device or peripheral component to your setup in minutes. The selection and structure defined in the resulting hardware model is the foundation for the subsequent software development. Information like network configurations or motor control parameters can be centrally defined and accessed at any time during the further development process.
          • FULL-FEATURED DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT

          • OBLAC includes a code editor for C/C++ and XC with a lot of the comfort features known from other popular IDEs. Access and edit complete systems from a single project tree. Based on the hardware model defined in advance, the code editor automatically generates all the software components needed to use the SOMANET Modules selected and to start developing the actual application. Being designed to be as responsive as tools running on a local machine, the fact you‘re developing online might not even be noticeable. Despite all this, developing code in a browser still might not feel great for everybody. Which is why projects can be always downloaded and edited xTimeComposer, an Eclipse-based development environment.
          • CLOUD-SIDE BUILD SYSTEM

          • Compiling a lot of code can take some time. But it does not on a machine in the cloud that has tons of resources and automatically scales with the given workload. OBLAC seamlessly integrates the build system and target run-time simulator for SOMANET Chips.
          • EASIEST EMBEDDED DEPLOYMENT EVER

          • Deploying software to embedded targets can be painful. Especially when many devices need to be updated or if the target is installed in a satellite up in the orbit. Using OBLAC, software deployment can take place through any connection between target and tool: USB, serial link, local network or the internet.
        • Somanet Modules

        • 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.
            • COM

            • 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 requirement. 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.
                • SOMANET COM EtherCAT

                • SOMANET COM EtherCAT it is the smallest full-fledged EtherCAT controller board available. Different than other compact EtherCAT solutions, having Ethernet transceivers and magnetics on-board, COM EtherCAT immediately provides safe signaling over common 100BASE-TX distances using SFTP cables. SOMANET COM EtherCAT provides all the necessary hardware to integrate EtherCAT slave nodes on a network. Due to the master/slave communication model of EtherCAT, a master application is required, which usually runs on a PC.

                  The board’s main components are the SOMANET COM Core Connector, the ET1100 EtherCAT Slave Controller, a Flash memory and the hardware of each EtherCAT port. Each port combines an Ethernet transceiver, Ethernet magnetics and a Ethernet connector

                  General Specifications
                  Number of EtherCAT ports 2
                  FMMU’s 8
                  SYNC manager 8
                  Distributed clocks Yes (64bits)
                  DPRAM 8 kbyte
                  Configuration memory 16 kbyte
                  Interface to Core board 16 bit
                  Typical power consumption 500 mW
                  Distributed SRAM size 4x 64 kByte
                  Ethernet connectors Molex PicoBlade 5-pin
                  Ethernet magnetics on-board Yes
                  Supply voltage 3.3 V DC*

                  * Provided by Core via COM connector.

                • SOMANET COM Ethernet

                • SOMANET COM Ethernet offers state of the art Ethernet technology for communication within a SOMANET-based system. Being IEE1588 PTP (precision time protocol) compliant, it is a future-proof choice that enables deterministic Ethernet communication. It is compatible with a range of industrial Ethernet technologies, such as POWERLINK or PROFINET-RT and in conjunction with SOMANET Core modules and open-source protocol stacks enables to switch the industrial bus by software, using the same hardware. COM Ethernet comprises Ethernet transceivers and magnetics on-board, and provides signaling over common 100BASE-TX distances using SFTP cables.

                  The board’s main components are the SOMANET COM Core Connector and two Ethernet Ports. Each port combines an Ethernet transceiver, Ethernet magnetics and a Ethernet connector

                  General Specifications
                  Number of Ethernet ports 2
                  Speed of the ports 100 Mbit/s
                  Interface to Core board 2x RMI
                  IEEE 1588-compliant Yes
                  Ethernet connectors Molex PicoBlade 5-pin
                  Ethernet magnetics on-board Yes
                  Clock on-board Yes, on request
                  Supply voltage 3.3 V DC*
                  Dimensions 30 x 30 x 9 mm

                  * Provided by Core via COM connector.

                • SOMANET COM Serial

                • Communication modules (COMs) equip those Nodes with various types of network links. The COM Serial is the first choice when it comes to using CAN technology for communication in combination with LIN and RS-485 serial communications within a SOMANET-based network. Due to the modular characteristics of SOMANET Nodes, COM modules can be configured with various processing units as well as IFM modules. In combination with the open-source SOMANET firmware components, COM modules are the most flexible communication solution for real time applications available in the market. This document covers the hardware aspects of COM Serial only. Please refer to Synapticon DYNARC software documentation for all functional motor control aspects like sensor interface driver modules, commutation types and control loops.

                  General Specifications
                  Number of RS-485 / CAN / LIN 1 / 1 / 1
                  Max RS-485 Data Rate 16Mbps
                  Max CAN Data Rate 1 Mbps
                  Max LIN Data Rate 20Kbps
                  ESD Protection for all interfaces yes
                  Auto COM/IFM detection yes
                  Supply voltage 3.3 V DC*
                  Operating temperature range -30 to +85 ºC
                  Dimensions 30 x 30 x 9 mm

                   

                • SOMANET COM DX

                • The COM DX-LVDS module enables SOMANET nodes to communicate with each other directly over their processor bus (XLink). From a software perspective, no communication protocols are required, hence, distributed applications become easy to develop. Using SOMANET DX-LVDS, a distributed system can be programmed as it would be a single-board system. Requiring no additional MAC, DX-LVDS is the lowest-power communication option available for SOMANET.

                  This COM module can be also used on the IFM connector side of a Core module. This way, gateway nodes can be created that route data from any network technology to DX, like EtherCAT to DX for example.

                  The board’s main components are the SOMANET COM / IFM Core Connector and two DX Ports. Each port combines an LVDX transceiver and a DX connector.

                  General Specifications
                  Number of DX ports 2
                  XMOS X-Link type supported 2-wire
                  Max transmission speed RX/TX 100 Mbit/s
                  Max node-to-node distance ~10 m
                  Suitable as IFM yes
                  Auto COM/IFM detection yes
                  Cable connector type JST SUR series 8-pin
                  Dimensions 30 x 30 x 9 mm
                • SOMANET COM GPIO-D

                • The COM GPIO-D offers an easy way to rapidly prototype any digital peripheral device hook-up. Directly connect various digital components and devices by discrete IOs or through communication protocols like SPI, I²C or UART.

                  General Specifications
                  Total number of digital I/O pins 40
                  Number of 1 bit ports available 16
                  Maximum number of 4 bit ports 6
                  Maximum number of 8 bit ports 3
                  Maximum number of 16 bit ports 1
                  Number of 3.3 V DC pins * 4
                  Number of 5.0 V DC pins * 4
                  Number of GND pins 16
                  Pinhead grid 2.54 mm

                   

              • CORE

              • 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.
                  • SOMANET Core C22

                  • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The C22 Core module features 2 interconnected dual-core XMOS XS1-L16-128 processors. Having the huge computational resources of 32 deterministic real-time hardware threads, it is used in system positions where a plus of computational resources is required. This is the case where network type link interfaces shall be added to the system or where a majority of application software shall be run, such as inverse kinematics for a mechanical subsystem. This is usually required at the trunk of a Composite SOMANET Node.

                    General Specifications
                    Number of 32-bit processor cores 4
                    Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) 32 / 8
                    Core clock frequency 500 MHz
                    Million instructions per second (MIPS) 1000
                    Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread 125 MHz
                    Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread 62,5 MHz
                    Maximum inter-core bus speed 244 Mbit/s
                    Typical power consumption 700 mW
                    Distributed SRAM size 4x 64 kByte
                    Flash memory size 4 Mbit
                    Supply voltage 5 V DC*
                    On-board voltage regulators 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                    Auxiliary supply option available Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)


                     

                  • SOMANET Core C21 DX

                  • Core modules are the heart of every SOMANET node. The SOMANET Core C21-DX module features one dual-core XMOS XS1-L16 processors, having the huge computational resources of 16 deterministic real-time hardware cores while consuming less than 1 Watt.

                    Integrated with the Core C21-DX, we can find two X-Link ports. This two ports enables SOMANET Core modules to communicate with each other directly over their processor bus (X-Link). From a software perspective, no communication protocols are required, enabling developers to create distributed applications without needing to care for communication issues. Using SOMANET DX-Links, a distributed system can be programmed as it would be a single-board system. Requiring no additional MAC, DX-LVDS is the lowest-power communication option available for SOMANET.

                    General Specifications
                    Number of 32-bit processor cores 2
                    Number of real-time hardware threads (total / per core) 16 / 8
                    Core clock frequency 500 MHz
                    Maximum clock frequency usable by single thread 125 MHz
                    Minimum guaranteed clock frequency per thread 62,5 MHz
                    Maximum inter-core bus speed 244 Mbit/s
                    Typical power consumption 350 mW
                    Distributed SRAM size 2x 64 kByte
                    Flash memory size 4 Mbit
                    Supply voltage 5 V DC*
                    On-board voltage regulators 3.3, 1.0 V DC
                    Auxiliary supply option available Yes (Molex Flexi-Mate)
                    LVDX Connector type JST SUR series 10-pin
                    Debug Connector type  JST SUR series 12-pin
                • IFM

                • 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.
                    • SOMANET IFM Drive DC 100

                    • The SOMANET IFM Drive DC 100 implements latest power transistor technology to enable a node to efficiently drive one brushless or brushed DC motor with up to 120 W per phase. Alternatively up to three brushed DC motors can be driven, if only one direction is required. Hall-effect based current sensors for two phases, together with a high-quality ADC enable sophisticated control concepts such as sensorless commutation or field-oriented control. Being equipped with a quadrature encoder interface and a port with SPI, ADC input and GPIOs, the module supports any external sensor that may be required by your application.

                      Due to the modular characteristics of SOMANET Nodes, IFM Drive modules can be conimaged with various processing units as well as communication modules. In combination with the open-source SOMANET firmware components for high-end motor control, IFM Drive modules are the key to the most flexible motor and motion control solution available.

                      General Specifications
                      # Of brushless / brushed DC / 3ph stepper axes 1 / 1 / 1 *
                      Supply voltage 12-24 V DC
                      Rated / peak / fused current 5 / 60 / 7 A **
                      Rated motor load 120 W ***
                      On-board voltage regulator 5 V DC (Node supply)
                      Number of current sensors 2 (Hall-based), 1 (Total current sensor)
                      PWM feed interface single or per phase
                      Quadrature encoder interface RS-422
                      Analog inputs 2x 0-4V
                      Digital IOs 4x GPIO
                      Integrated vitality monitoring Overtemperature / Undervoltages / Short Fault Operation / Controller Watchdog
                      On-board motor buffer capacitors yes ****
                      Motor connector options SPOX / FPC / solder
                      Dimensions 50 x 40 x 14.8 mm

                      * 1 brushed DC for full-fledged control, 2 for differential drives.

                      ** 60A Power FET max continuous current.

                      *** Heat sink required for loads over 50 W.

                      **** Additional external capacitor might be required under some circumstances, depending on load and motor cable length.

                    • SOMANET IFM Drive DC 300

                    • The SOMANET IFM Drive DC 300, initially called Drive DC 900, implements latest power transistor technology to enable a node to efficiently drive one brushless DC motor with up to 360 W. Alternatively, 2 brushed DC motors can be driven in differential drive applications. Up to 3 brushed DC motors are possible, if only one direction is required. Hall-effect based current sensors on two phases, together with a high-quality ADC enable sophisticated control concepts such as sensorless torque control or field-oriented control/commutation. Being equipped with a quadrature encoder interface and a port with SPI, ADC input and GPIOs, the module supports any external sensor that may be required by your application.

                      Due to the modular characteristics of SOMANET Nodes, IFM Drive modules can be configured with various processing units as well as communication modules. In combination with the open-source SOMANET firmware components for high-end motor control, IFM Drive modules are the key to the most flexible motor and motion control solution available.

                      General Specifications
                      # Of brushless / brushed DC / 3ph stepper axes 1 / 1 / 1 **
                      Supply voltage 12-48 V DC ***
                      Rated / peak / fused current 20 / 80 / 25 A
                      Rated motor load 360 W ****
                      On-board voltage regulator 5 V DC (Node supply)
                      Number of current sensors 2 (Hall-based)
                      PWM feed interface single or per phase
                      Analog inputs 2x 0-4V
                      Digital IOs 4x GPIO
                      Integrated vitality monitoring Overtemperature / Undervoltages / Short Fault Operation
                      On-board motor buffer capacitors yes ****
                      Power supply connector M3 / solder terminals
                      Quadrature encoder connector microMatch / solder
                      Motor connector options JST / solder
                      Dimensions 60 x 40 x 13.5 mm

                      * Brake energy compensating power supply or separate chopper device required for supply voltages exceeding 24V

                      ** 1 brushed DC for full-fledged control, 2 for differential drives, 3 for single direction only.

                      *** 80A Power FET max continuous current.

                      *****Additional external capacitor might be required under some circumstances, depending on load and motor cable length

                    • SOMANET IFM GPIO-D

                    • The IFM GPIO-D offers an easy way to rapidly prototype any digital peripheral device hook-up. Directly connect various digital components and devices by discrete IOs or through communication protocols like SPI, I²C or UART.

                      General Specifications
                      Total number of digital I/O pins 40
                      Number of 1 bit ports available 16
                      Maximum number of 4 bit ports 6
                      Maximum number of 8 bit ports 3
                      Maximum number of 16 bit ports 1
                      Number of 3.3 V DC pins * 4
                      Number of 5.0 V DC pins * 4
                      Number of GND pins 16
                      Pinhead grid 2.54 mm

                      * Supply provided by Core module.

                  • Somanet Chips

                  • INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION & CONTROL: CUSTOM CONFIGURABLE SYSTEM-ON-CHIPS

                    Synapticon SOMANET Chips integrate dedicated industrial communication, sensor data acquisition and motor control in a single device. They provide best-in-class performance* and ultimate flexibility for your application. Select from a broad range of SOMANET Soft IP Blocks to configure your custom System-on-Chip. Designing smart industrial appliances, advanced servo drives, devices for the internet of things or consumer products with motion features has just become much faster and affordable. Being based on XMOS and ARM processor architectures, the devices offer highly parallel, hard real-time processor cores that can be programmed in C, C++ and XC. Using SOMANET Chips a board design can be easily scaled by adding more instances of an application to a System-on-Chip. If more resources are required than a single device can offer, multiple devices can be connected through xConnect technology.
                      • SOMANET C2X SoC

                      • Custom configurable industrial control & communication system-on-chip with 16 xCore cores. Choose from DC, BLDC, PMSM and Stepper motor & motion control Soft IP Blocks to design your SoC. Flexibly configure industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT or ProfiNET and peripheral interfaces such as RS-485, SPI, I2C or PWM.
                      • SOMANET CA1X SoC

                      • Custom configurable industrial control & communication system-on-chip with 1 ARM core and 7 xCore cores. Choose from DC, BLDC, PMSM and Stepper motor & motion control Soft IP Blocks to design your SoC. Flexibly configure industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT or ProfiNET and peripheral interfaces such as RS-485, SPI, I2C or PWM.
                    • Solutions

                    • VALUE-ADDED SERVICES THAT HELP
                      REACHING AMBITIOUS GOALS FASTER

                      TARGET-OPTIMIZED HARDWARE DESIGNS


                      With the SOMANET Modules hardware and software kit, developers can quickly create prototypes of powerful control systems and also use these electronics for small series products. For mass products or when given special requirements,SOMANET Chips enable for custom, feature and cost-optimized designs. Synapticon’s Custom Design Services make these possibilities available to clients lacking own engineering resources or capacity.

                      DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL APPLICATIONS

                      Whether you hire us to develop a specialized application or a complete OEM product, we will greatly reduce your time to market. The Synapticon team consists of specialists in the fields of computer and software design, distributed control and data collection systems, mechatronics, as well as lightweight construction and kinematics. Our experience and competence in Distributed Embedded Systems will be of great benefit to you. Projects in collaboration with our teams not only serve to develop tangible studies or products, but also provide your company with know-how regarding new systems design and development platforms. The list of Synapticon reference projects includes digital and analog electronics andsoftware, as well as mechatronics and mechanical construction in the areas of robotics, automotive, aviation, and space exploration technology, as well as medical technology and industrial applications. The customer base of Synapticon includes many national and international market leaders of the USA, Europe, and Asia. The Synapticon engineering team has a long-term history in a broad range of industries. Experiences with special requirements and processes in certain domains such as medical devices or automotive qualify Synapticon services for any development proposal. Outside the box thinking is business as usual at Synapticon, allowing us to apply methods and technologies across fields of applications.
                        • Markets and Applications

                        • Synapticon aims to enable innovative product developments in some of the most progressive markets. Being invented to make the life of roboticists easier and leverage their capabilities, the Synapticon technology platform and value-added services let manufacturers in the following markets create better products in less time.
                            • PROFESSIONAL ROBOTICS

                            • AUTOMATION BEYOND MANUFACTURING Autonomous transport robots for hotels, hospitals, office environments or industrial logistics profit from Synapticon’s technology for robotic drive systems and autonomous localization & navigation.
                            • INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS

                            • 100% EFFICIENCY & PRODUCTIVITY Synapticon’s advanced motor control and multi-axis motion control software, high-quality servo driver hardware and technology for distributed sensor data acquisition enables for leading-edge collaborative robots as well as fast and precise, easy to use and highly integrated robots.
                            • CONSUMER ROBOTICS

                            • A ROBOT IN EVERY HOME Robotic vacuums, lawn mowers and similar devices become much more intelligent by Synapticon’s technology for low-cost autonomous localization & navigation and more economic by Synapticon’s scalable SOMANET System-on-Chips.
                            • INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION

                            • THE POWER OF DATA & INTEROPERABILITY The smart factory, driven by condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, becomes possible with Synapticon technology and solutions for high-definition sensor data acquisition, cloud service integration and smart device connectivity.
                            • LIGHT ELECTRIC VEHICLES

                            • THE JOY OF SILENT ACCELERATION Light electric vehicles such as electric bikes or electric scooters benefit from Synapticon’s deep expertise and technology in highly efficient and high-quality, low-voltage motor control and SOMANET’s options for cloud integration and smart device connectivity.