Semiconductor solutions for rugged and reliable PC architecture for harsh industrial environments
Edge computing has now established itself as one of the most important trends in factory automation. Increasingly powerful industrial computers enable factory planners to keep computationally intensive tasks such as machine and process control, linking automation subsystems, data analysis or graphical visualization close to the factory floor. Industrial PCs are thus becoming a second pillar of factory automation alongside classic PLC hardware, offering the additional option of processing sensitive data on site rather than moving it to a cloud. On the one hand, suppliers of industrial PCs can benefit from a rapidly developing consumer PC technology. On the other hand, they need to provide an industrial-grade, robust PC architecture that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, is immune to interference and runs in a mechanically and electrically stable manner to avoid downtime. This is in contrast to consumer markets, where extremely cost-oriented requirements prevail. Especially for the power supply of an industrial PC, low heating with a small form factor as well as a long system lifetime with 24/7 operation in the control cabinet is crucial.
Infineon is providing a range of semiconductor solutions that meet these requirements in terms of power supply, data protection (OPTIGA™ Trust ), device protection, memory, wired or wireless (AIROC™ Wi-Fi & Combos) connectivity. Dedicated application know-how from Infineon to support your system design complements our offering. A selection of proven power supply reference designs supports you in providing a scalable industrial PC series, whether as box, rack or panel PC, depending on the required computing power.
To protect transferred data and enable the reliable operation of devices, strong security measures are crucial. Check out how using a Raspberry Pi board with an Infineon OPTIGA™ TPM enables secured communication of connected devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).
This demo shows how sensitive data can be communicated through secured channels from one production site to another using OPTIGA™ TPM. Furthermore, the network components in the demo are monitored and unauthorized manipulations detected.
In this video you will learn more about how a PLC-based system can be adequately equipped in order to execute different security use cases.
In this video you will learn about a typical Industry 4.0 architecture enabled by Infineon components including secured end nodes.
High expenses at car manufacturers for fixing software issues by costly recalls are driving the desire to use mobile communication channels to remotely execute software updates over the air (SOTA). Infineon’s OPTIGA™ TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is offering enhanced security mechanisms for the protection of a SOTA system. The demo shows a backend server, which provides a software update securely to a Telemetric ECU. The Telemetric ECU installs the software update in a target ECU using the Infineon Aurix™ controller.