【Product Solution】KGEC Series - High-end X86 Industrial Edge Controller Solution

【Product Solution】KGEC Series - High-end X86 Industrial Edge Controller Solution

KGEC Series -- High-end X86 Industrial Edge Controller Solution

The manufacturing industry, as the foundation of all industries, is an important part of the economy and closely related to people’s daily life. At present, "Industry 4.0" has now reached a critical stage, informatization and industrialization will be deeply integrated. The fourth industrial revolution is characterized by the merger of digitization and automation to make the machines intelligent, interactive, and easy to use. There is an increasing growth in the market capacity of high-end CNC machine tools, industrial robots and visual inspection.

1. Types of motion controller

From the perspective of communication protocol, the motion controller, which is the core component of automated production equipment, can be divided into bus type and pulse type. Pulse type is normally used in low-end equipment, while the bus type is with more applicability, reliability and development. As manufacturing upgrades, bus type EtherCAT will be the mainstream of motion controllers.

2. Hardware and software solution

01 Intel industrial edge nodes have two standard specifications, Type E and Type F. The KMDA-3230, KGEC-6310 and the new arrival KGEC-6320 in the JHC product series are all product designed according to this standard.


02 Intel® Edge Controls for Industrial, ECI is a software reference platform whose key features include time deterministic compute, workload convergence, application and platform management, infrastructure management, industrial connectivity, controls application, security, functional safety. 

Intel® Edge Controls for Industrial perfectly adapted to Intel industrial edge node products, edge controllers KGEC-6310 and KGEC-6320, which can be used to develop RTOS (real-time operating system) with ECI.

The solutions for realizing RTOS are as below: 

1) Debug and develop based on Intel ECI platform to generate an open-source Xenomai Linux or Preempt RT Linux real-time operating system;
2) Base on Windows 10, it can also integrate real-time components such as EC-Win, INTime and RTX2016 to optimize into Windows RTOS;
3) Adopt professional and efficient real-time systems such as VxWork and QNX.


Third-party application development platforms (tools) can be rooted in the above Real-time operating system for users to develop terminal applications efficiently and differentiated. Third-party programmable logic controller development platforms (tools) generally include Codesys’ Development System and AXEL’s LogicLab SoftPLC. The developed application software requires the manufacturer’s Runtime System License to be put into use. 

The real-time communication of the upper application software to the lower servo drive and the logic IO module needs to be realized through Fieldbus protocols such as EtherCAT, RTEX, Profibus and CanOpen. Among them, the most applicable and the most widely applicable is the EtherCAT protocol. 
To realize the real-time communication between upper application software and lower servo drive and IO module, it is necessary to use the Fieldbus protocols such as EtherCAT, RTEX, Profibus and CanOpen. The most applicable and widely used protocol is the EtherCAT protocol. 

3. Market Direction

The integration of the above hardware platform, real-time operating system, application, and Fieldbus finally forms a set of integrated software and hardware solution, which can be used as X86 universal programmable logic controller or controller for robot, machine and AGV. It can be used in a wide range of industries such as robotics, CNC machinery, semiconductor and electronic manufacturing, digital printing, detecting control system, packaging machinery and engineering machinery. Here are some specific applications, including laser cutting machine, laser engraving and milling machine, CNC machining center, industrial multi-axis robotic arm, fire-fighting and explosion-proof robot, digital printing machine, laser welding machine, high-precision dispensing machine, PCB laser drilling machine, aluminum battery winding Machines, injection molding machines, automatic packaging machinery and road construction machinery, etc.

4. KGEC-6310 Key Features

  • Intel® Whiskey lake-U CPU
  • Aluminum chassis, Fanless design
  • DVI-I/DP the display signal can be extended without attenuation
  • 3* I210 AT network chips, Optional support for a variety of real-time industrial Ethernet protocols
  • 1*I219LM, support iAMT12.0
  • BIOS optimization and support high real-time system
  • 1*Mini PCIe with SIM slot1*M.22230 E-Key
  • Support software development platform (optional)
  • DC 12~24V, Wide power supply
  • Support wall mounting and Din-Rail mounting