BPI-5202 Loongson 2K1000LA Embedded single board industrial computer

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Embedded industrial computer overview

Definition and application scenarios of embedded industrial computer

Industrial Personal Computer (IPC for short) is a reinforced and enhanced microcomputer that appeared in the 1990s and is widely used in industrial field monitoring and control. Industrial personal computers often operate in harsh environments. Data security requirements are also higher, so industrial computers are usually specially designed for reinforcement, dust-proof, moisture-proof, corrosion-proof, radiation-proof, etc. Up to now, the X86+Windows (Wintel) architecture is still the mainstream solution for industrial computers. It can be defined as a traditional industrial computer. Generally speaking

While the traditional industrial computer plays an important role in the automation and informatization of the industrial control field, its inherent weakness has always plagued manufacturers, integrators and users. Everyone is looking for a better solution

In the past ten years, the embedded system has developed rapidly. With its low power consumption, low cost and continuously improved high performance, it has become the only solution for mobile devices (mobile phones, PADs); The ideal choice for data acquisition and processing in various industries. The embedded system of ARM architecture has the characteristics of flexible and efficient customization of software and hardware solutions. At present, a complete industrial chain ecosystem has been formed, which can provide users with solutions that meet their actual needs and have certain advances. Products with extended margins and more competitive prices; when user needs gradually exceed the capabilities of current products, they can continuously provide new products that meet user requirements through rapid program design and iteration, and can realize "needs— —Technology—Scheme—Product—Market—User—Demand” a virtuous circle of rising

Compared with the traditional industrial computer, the specially designed system based on the embedded computer architecture is called the embedded industrial computer.

The main features of traditional industrial computer and embedded industrial computer are compared as follows:

Nomber Key elements Traditional industrial computer (Windows+X86) Embedded industrial computer (Linux+LoongArch/ARM)
1 performance Commercial-grade Celeron or commercial/industrial-grade Core i3~I5 Industrial grade, higher performance than Celeron, weaker than I3
2 safety Vulnerable, vulnerable to viruses and hackers Stable system, few upgrades, high security
3 real-time Poor real-time responsiveness Real-time responsiveness can meet the requirements
4 reliability High power consumption requires strong heat dissipation and low reliability Low power consumption does not need to consider heat dissipation, high reliability
5 Scalability It is complicated to expand various interfaces on the motherboard It is more convenient to expand various interfaces on the core board/development board
6 industrial grade It is more difficult to realize real industrial grade products It is easier to realize real industrial grade products
7 Customization Customization efficiency is low and cost is high Application-oriented fast and efficient customization and iteration
8 performance Insufficient or excess performance for industrial applications Application-specific solutions with the best performance
9 overall price higher Application-specific, price advantage
10 Operation and maintenance cost High power consumption and high operation and maintenance costs Low power consumption and low cost, green and environmental protection
11 life cycle Frequent replacement, difficult to guarantee inventory Long CPU life cycle, guaranteed inventory

Embedded industrial computer has become a strong competitor of traditional industrial computer. In the future, the former will form an overwhelming advantage over the latter, there is no suspense

Application Scenarios of Embedded Industrial Computers

The rapid development of the industrial Internet and the Internet of Things is not only a battle for many computer software and hardware manufacturers (including communication solutions and product manufacturers, which are essentially computer systems, even embedded system software and hardware manufacturers) trying to enter the relatively high-profit industry. It is a successive attempt to monitor the industry market; it is also an enlightenment movement to open up "people's awareness of people's wisdom" and popularize professional knowledge. This big storm, which has lasted for more than ten years, has expanded the general public's demand and imagination for monitoring and control applications to every corner of all walks of life

The concept of "cloud-pipe-edge-end" is a classic summary and induction of the principles of surveillance and control based on Internet thinking and terms; The mainstream model and architecture adopted by monitoring applications in various industries for decades

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  • Cloud: The computer system that implements the monitoring center system and more advanced application software and algorithms. The "cloud" here includes both the "public cloud" on the Internet and the "private cloud" on the enterprise LAN. Build "cloud" computer systems, currently mainly high-end X86+Windows/Linux servers, and their clusters
  • Tube: Provide various efficient, reliable, convenient and cost-effective wired/wireless channels for both sides of the equipment. There are not only "pipes" between the "cloud" and "edge", such as wide area Ethernet, 4G/5G, etc.; between the "edge" and "end" of the application site, there are also pipes suitable for on-site application scenarios. The existence of wired/wireless "pipes", such as local Ethernet, serial port, high-speed power line carrier (HPLC), LoRa, ZigBee, WIFI, etc.
  • Edge: A computer system used to perform on-site computing tasks. The main role of "edge" was assumed by traditional industrial computers in the early days, or by general desktops and servers when the requirements were not so strict; now there is a trend of building embedded industrial computers with mid-to-high-end ARM architecture embedded systems
  • Terminal: The device (secondary device) used to monitor and control the main device (primary device) in industrial applications, and the device (secondary device) to monitor various main devices in the Internet of Things environment. The main role of "end" was realized by low-end embedded single-chip microcomputer system in the early stage; at present, it is gradually transitioning to low-end embedded system (main frequency below 1GMHz) as the mainstream solution

From the above analysis, it is not difficult to see that the application of industrial computer is mainly located at the "edge" level. As a specific application of "edge", the embedded industrial computer mainly carries the following two types of functions:

  • Automatic operations, such as gateways, NVRs, routers, firewalls, etc., are realized through specially designed industrial-grade low-end embedded computer systems. Some have simple character/bitmap-based display and special button parameter configuration and status display functions
  • Interactive operation class, complete monitoring and system (including HMI human-computer interaction interface) and other functions, realized through a specially designed industrial-grade mid-to-high-end embedded computer system, with the interactive ability of vector graphics system

Typical Application Scenarios of Embedded Industrial Computers

  • The edge "brain" of intelligent power distribution room, computer room power environment, pumping station, intelligent park, intelligent campus, intelligent manufacturing, etc., realizes the connection with on-site data acquisition unit, measurement and control device, protection equipment, PLC equipment, CNC equipment, and robot equipment Access, protocol analysis, alarm processing, conversion, integrated transmission and control
  • Embedded SCADA system (C/S, B/S mode)
  • 100ms level soft PLC
  • Industrial control/IoT field small data server
  • Enterprise workshop-level industrial kanban/OEE kanban, lightweight MES front-end data acquisition and display that meet the requirements of "intelligent transformation and digital transformation"
  • Development and operation platform for third-party algorithms and models based on industry applications
  • Access and push of video front-end equipment, video recording and linkage, video AI analysis interface and comprehensive linkage of analysis results
  • On-site network security and audit

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BPI-5202 Loongson 2K1000LA Embedded single board industrial computer

BPI-5202 PCBA Hardware deign

BPI-5202 with Loongson 2K1000LA chip design As a simple embedded general controller hardware and software development platform, the basic configuration has 2 independent MAC Ethernet ports, 2 RS485 ports, 1 RS232 ports and 2 CAN2.0 ports, the configuration is flexible. Widely used in military, electric power, petroleum, factories and mines, and the Internet of Things industry automation monitoring occasions, to provide application developers with a full range of hardware solutions, and support BSP+docker development environment. Provide strong edge computing support. Developers can quickly utilize the development platform, develop and productize

PCBA Hardware interface

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CPU&OS Loongson 2K1000LAi dual core 1.0GHz,Loongnix、LoongOS、LxAMP、kylinos V10
RAM 4G DDR3,support SSD Hardisk
communication function Ethernet port: 1 x 1000M + 1 x 100M, independent MAC, 2 x RS485 with isolation + 1 x RS232 Consoel with isolation, 4G/5G full Netcom + WiFi
Extended function module Horizontal expansion capability is reserved, and the expansion of various functional modules can be customized. The initial stage includes: RS485: with isolation; DI: passive input type, the module provides 24V isolated power supply; DO: relay output type, NC, COM, NO nodes; AI: 0-5V/4-20mA, 2-wire/3-wire input, the board provides 24V isolated power supply; AO: 0-5V/4-20mA, 2-wire/3-wire output, external 24V isolated power supply; AI + AO: 0-5V/4-20mA, 2-wire/3-wire input/output. The power supply is the same as above; other custom modules
HDMI HDMI1.4, support 1080p@60fps ; USB supports keyboard, mouse; or resistive/capacitive display interface
encryption chip Software license authorization encryption chip (SMEC98SP); special encryption chip for State Grid communication (SC1161Y)
Power DC:24V input,24V isolated output for IO board , 500mA

20 Pin GPIO expansion port

BPI-5202 also support expansion board same as BPI-6202,The expansion port adopts 2.54mm pitch, 2x10P row pin seat, which is used to expand 10 interfaces.

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The BPI-5202 supports modular design, provides rich expansion interfaces, and can use the basic unit + 5 expansion units to support on-demand configuration. Extended IO unit modules include:

  • 7 x RS485 module with isolation
  • 16 x DI module (switch input module), passive input (up to 5 modules can be mixed)
  • 16 x DO module (switch output module), relay output (up to 5 modules can be mixed)
  • 8 x DI+8 x DO O module (switch input/output module), relay output (up to 5 modules can be mixed)
  • 8 x AI + 4 x AO module (analog input/output module), support 0-5V, 0-20mA input
  • Customized Lora, ZigBee, 433M wireless transmission modules, power line carrier modules, and other functional modules,
  • The function board can be customized by third parties and can communicate with BPI-5202

All boards are connected via internal bus(485 or SPI) in the box

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Banana Pi BPI-5202 expansion gateway design

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Cooperation method

  • 1. BPI-5206 is an open-source hardware product. The Banana Pi community provides all BSP board-level support codes and supports Docker containers in the codes. Customers with technical development capabilities can directly carry out secondary application development on BPI-6202.
  • 2. BPI-5202 as a basic platform for secondary development, it provides various development tools and protocol analysis database interfaces for application developers, greatly shortening the development week of various industry application products and reducing the difficulty of development.
  • 3. BPI-5202 is a complete industrial control product, customers can directly use it for industrial control and provide complete product-level support.