Industrial OEMs, systems integrators and users developing control systems must quickly respond to changing performance, safety and feature requirements, but system architectures based on inflexible ‘everything-in-one’ ASICs and ASSPs are slowing the pace of redesigns. Whenever there’s a need for new functionality or additional performance, a new ASIC or ASSP has to be designed and deployed. Developing these complex chips requires experienced engineers, who are in short supply, and companies can ill-afford to take a trial and error design approach.

To meet the need to simplify system development and get to market faster, the Intel industrial control reference design facilitates the migration to a flexible modular architecture. It’s based on an easy-touse platform, comprising hardware and software components from industrial market leaders.