Texas Instruments launched their new Hercules safety microcontrollers. The new platform consists of the TMS470M, TMS570 and RM4x ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families. The new TI microcontrollers are designed specifically for IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 safety critical applications. The MCUs are ideal for medical, industrial and transportation applications. Hercules microcontrollers are available now for order. Prices range from $5 – $30 USD each (in 10K unit quantities).
ADLINK Technology introduced the PACwiz programmable automation controller (PAC) solutions for automation applications using the IEC 61131-3 programming standard. With PACwiz, PLC users are able to easily upgrade to a PAC platform without further training as application development can be done in IEC 61131-3 languages, just as with traditional PLCs. PACwiz systems are available now starting at a single-unit list price of $999 for the PACwiz-MXC and $1149 for the PACwiz-DPAC.