New X20 Generation for the Future of Automation

B&R introduces new controllers with OPC UA over TSN and Intel processors

The new controller generation supports OPC UA over TSN technology and can be used as a field-level master in corresponding networks. To realize OPC UA communication use cases for real-time controller to controller and controller to device, as well as consistent and secure cloud communication. It offers considerably more processing power than previous X20 generations with the same compact design. The controllers are equipped with high-speed Intel Apollo Lake I processors and enable cycle times as fast as 100 µs. They also offer a large L2 cache, a faster floating point unit (FPU) and faster RAM access for optimal command processing.

Integrated flash memory

The new X20 controller generation has integrated flash memory. This allows them to be optionally operated without a CompactFlash card. In this case, the integrated flash drive replaces the functionality of the CompactFlash card.

Extreme space savings

As with all X20 controllers, up to 250 I/O modules can be connected directly to the controllers and line up seamlessly. The entire system saves a large amount of space in the control cabinet. Even with it’s compact design, the controller has a built-in power supply for itself and the connected I/O modules. POWERLINK, TSN-enabled standard Ethernet, RS232 and USB are available as integrated interfaces. Additional interfaces can be added via interface modules.