Hardened design for industrial use
The device series netPI is based on an industrial suited customized Raspberry Pi 3 design made to run any custom applications of the Edge Automation. The model RTE 3 comes with Hilscher’s multiprotocol netX SoC additionally implementing all popular Industrial Ethernet networks. With their powerful Pi 3 1.2GHz quad-core ARM CPU the platforms are ready-made for any demanding Cloud, Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application.
The model netPI RTE 3 includes two Industrial Ethernet ports extra to connect to systems such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and others, as supported by netX. An expansion slot at the units bottom accepts extension modules made for sensor/actuator level communications such as RFID, digital I/Os, others or own custom boards.
To meet EMC standards EN 55011 and IEC 61000, netPI is housed in a robust metal chassis and uses two additional PCB layers compared to a standard Pi 3. The radio antenna extends beyond the chassis for improved wireless coverage. A hardware Real-Time Clock with a supercapacitor as backup power source is supported. A nonvolatile auxiliary ferroelectric memory (FeRAM) guarantees high endurance for data to be rewritten billions of times (Model RTE 3).
netPI hosts an AppArmor-secured Yocto Linux build. By design, the system software complies with the IEC 62443 cybersecurity standard for automation and control systems. User access is granted via web browsers over https-secured connections. The device boots secure and allows system updates with Hilscher integrity-checked software only.