PLCnext Technology in PLCnext Control devices

PLCnext Technology can be operated as a firmware platform on different controllers. In this topic you see the main features of all available PLCnext Control devices. For a sneak peek into our further development and current activities, please refer to the Development roadmaps.

Latest update: May 2nd, 2022

PLCnext Control product family

PLCnext Control portfolio

The controllers shown above are just those this Info Center is about. Other PLCnext Technology devices are already available:

  • BPC 9102S is the powerful PLCnext Control as a Box PC for functional safety applications
  • EPC 1502 and EPC 1522 are the small form factor computers for industrial edge applications 

For the Axioline F controller family, there is a range of AXC F XT Extensionsavailable, extending the features at your needs. 

General features of PLCnext Technology

What's a controller worth without a sophisticated firmware? The general features come with all PLCnext Control devices but may vary in different releases of the PLCnext Runtime System. There are so many aspects to report, and so many changes made during the agile development – we're trying to give you an overview with all interesting details in the PLCnext Technology features.

Firmware releases on controllers

The following releases of the PLCnext firmware are (or have been) available as firmware for controllers (in brackets: latest public release or hotfix).
Note: For 2019 and 2020 releases, only the LTS release are reported here.

PLCnext Control 2019.0
LTS
2020.0
LTS
2021.0
LTS
2021.6 2021.9 2022.0
LTS
2022.3
AXC F 1152
(Item no. 1151412)

(2020.0.1 LTS)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2021.6)

(2021.9)

(2022.0.3 LTS)
    – [2]
AXC F 2152
(Item no. 2404267)

(2019.0.4 LTS)

(2020.0.1 LTS)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2021.6)

(2021.9)

(2022.0.3 LTS)

(2022.3)
AXC F 3152
(Item no. 1069208)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2021.6)

(2021.9)

(2022.0.5)
    – [2]
RFC 4072S
(Item no. 1051328)

(2019.0 LTS)

(2020.0 LTS)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2021.6.2)
     – [1]
(2022.0.4)
    – [2]
RFC 4072R  new
(Item no. 1136419)

(2022.0.0 LTS)
    – [2]
  1. For RFC 4072S, no 2021.9 firmware was released.
  2. For AXC F 2152 only

Controller-specific features

The following features show the differences and similarities between the controllers, determining the performance and fields of application.

Note: See Hardware documentation for detailed sources of information to all devices.
  AXC F 1152 AXC F 2152 AXC F 3152 RFC 4072S RFC 4072R
Field of application Ideal for small applications Ideal for small to medium-sized applications Ideal for medium-sized applications High performance for safety applications High performance for redundancy applications
CPU ARM® Cortex®-A9
800 MHz
ARM® Cortex®-A9
800 MHz Dual Core
Intel® Atom™
x5-E3930 1,3 GHz
Dual Core
Intel® i5 6300U
2,4 GHz Dual Core
Intel® i5 6300U
2,4 GHz Dual Core
RAM 512 MB 512 MB 2048 MB 4096 MB 4096 MB
Integrated Flash memory[2] 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Retain memory 48 kB (NVRAM) 48 kB (NVRAM) 1 MB 2 MB 2 MB
Ethernet ports LAN1/LAN2 (switched):
10/100 Mbps
LAN1/LAN2 (switched):
10/100 Mbps
3x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN1/LAN2: 
10/100/1000 Mbps;
LAN3.1/LAN3.2 (switched): 
10/100 Mbps
LAN1/LAN2: 
10/100/1000 Mbps;
LAN3.1/LAN3.2 (switched): 
10/100 Mbps
Trusted platform module (TPM)
Real-time clock
Configuration and diagnostics via WBM via WBM via WBM via touch display
and WBM
via touch display
and WBM
Task cycle time (ESM) 5 ms 1 ms 500 μs 500 μs 1 ms (recommended:
10 ms)
Real-time (ESM) cores 1 2 2 2 1
Control tasks running on an ESM core 8 up to 2020.3:
8
from 2020.6: 16
up to 2020.3: 8
from 2020.6: 16
up to 2020.3: 8
from 2020.6: 16
6
(max. 1 user task,
5 event tasks)
Maximum parallel tasks 8 up to 2020.3: 16
from 2020.6: 32
up to 2020.3: 16
from 2020.6: 32
up to 2020.3: 16
from 2020.6: 32
6
PROFINET® update rate 4 devices (2 ms),
16 devices (4 ms)
4 devices (2 ms),
64 devices (16 ms)
32 devices (1 ms),
128 devices (4 ms)
64 devices (1ms),
256 devices (8ms)
64 devices (1ms),
256 devices (8ms)
Support for left-side extensions
(see details)

(see details)
Axioline F local bus support
Inline local bus support by means of
AXC F IL ADAPT
by means of
AXC F IL ADAPT
Safety controllers
( PLCnext Engineer Functional Safety editor necessary)
ARM® Cortex®-A8
1x 600 MHz,
ARM® Cortex®-A6
1x 800 MHz
Netload Limiter from 2022.0 LTS:
✔  new
from 2022.0 LTS:
✔  new
from 2020.6:
from 2019.9:
Active Fan Control with AXC F 3
FAN MODULE
(item no. 1173450)
with RFC
FAN MODULE
(item no. 2404085)
with RFC
FAN MODULE
(item no. 2404085)
Integrated uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
System redundancy  new
Applicative system redundancy
  1. Depending on the firmware in use and/or PLCnext Store Apps and/or other components, not all the memory is available to the user. In case of memory shortage, we recommend using an additional Phoenix Contact SD card.
    Note: These SD Cards come with an underlying file system which is necessary for proper operation in PLCnext Technology. Do not use any other SD cards available on the market, nor reformat a Phoenix Contact SD card you want to use with your PLCnext Control further on.

 

 

 


 • Published/reviewed: 2022-05-02 • Revision 039 •