I have a design for a controller for a simple industrial device that is either ON/OFF via an I/O pin or proportional control via RS-485, generally connected to the customer's PLC. The device is currently controlled by an ARM Cortex M4F. My boss has asked me what it would take to add an Ethernet/IP interface.
I have pretty extensive experience with the ADI Blackfin BF536 and BF537 with a variety of LwIP Ethernet implementations, but I have no experience with Ethernet/IP. So my questions to you are:
- For a fairly simple device such as this, do I need something like your RapID Platform?
- If yes, what is the cost to implement it?
- Recurring hardware cost estimate, quantity 100-500 units/yr?
- Recurring software cost estimate (licensing fees?)
- Development costs?
If this is not the right place to ask, please direct me to an appropriate resource!