A cornerstone of the new Foxboro Evo process automation system is the new FCP280 controller. It's already a huge milestone because it multiplies the performance of its FCP270 predecessor in many areas, according to Alain Ginguené, Invensys brand director of Foxboro DCS. It's even more of a new leap because it's based on Invensys' common CPU "platform of the future,” he added. "In fact, the FCP280 controller uses a 32-bit ARM processor and RISC-based architecture, which will also be the platform for our CNI [control network interface] device in 2014 and our upcoming Foxboro SCADA solution.” Ginguené explained the features of the new controller at this week's 2013 Foxboro & Triconex Global Client Conference this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Ginguené reported that FCP280 evolved from market and customer demands to better maximize control processor capabilities. As a result, FCP280 allows copper or fiber connections, and has about 8,000 function blocks. "The real value of FCP280 is that it's lower cost to connect, and that it has a platform for future advanced functionalities, such as alarm management and field device management.”
In addition, FCP280 boasts clock speed of 500-MHz, 16MB of memory, 129MB of flash memory, communication via four fieldbuses and can execute16,000 blocks of code per second. It also has an LCD display with two lines and up to 32 characters, and can accommodate a variety of hazardous-area and high-density I/O components.