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The tables below contain an overview about Phoenix Contact´s current schedule in terms of further developments and enhancements for PLCnext Technology. They are categorized by component types and functions.

Latest Update:
September 27th, 2019

For detailed information, click on the headline of the regarding section to unfold the features table:


Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Linux Kernel 4.9 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS
OSADL Preempt real-time patch
NTP
Performance Enhancement -
optimized Kernel settings*
 -   -   - 

* benchmarks will follow later


  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Solution Apps  - 
Function Extension Apps  -   - 
License mechanism for apps (Copy protection)  -   - 

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Remote SSL connection
User Management - predefined roles
Firewall: nftables
VPN: OpenVPN®
IPSec: StrongSwan®
Trust & Identity Store  - 
TLS Sockets  - 
Use of an external SD card can be
configured and disabled
 -   -   - 
LDAPs User Authentication icon new  -   -   -   - 

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
General diagnostic log
Diagnostic view in PLCnext Engineer  - 
WBM - Login authentication
WBM - User Management
WBM - PLC state
WBM - Firewall configuration  - 
WBM - Certificate management (Trust & Identity Store)  - 
WBM - Proficloud client settings  - 
WBM - Firmware update  - 
WBM - Overview of installed PLCnext Store apps  -   -   - 
WBM - Status view of external SD card  -   -   - 
WBM - Profinet device list  - 
WBM - Profinet device Tree view  -   -   - 
WBM - Localbus device list (Inline/Axioline) icon new  -   -   -   - 
WBM - Localbus diagnostics (Inline/Axioline) icon new  -   -   -   - 
WBM - Localbus device details (Axioline) icon new  -   -   -   - 

Tasks

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Default / Idle
Cyclic
System Event Tasks
(e.g. System Events & Exceptions)
 - 
User Event Tasks  -  ✔ (C++ API) ✔ (C++ API) ✔ (C++ API) ✔ (C++ API)
Task-synchronous Axioline IO update*  - 
Real-time enhancement -
optimized jitter by using >= 1 ms task
 -   -   - 


* Only supported by PLCnext Controls with Axioline localbus (e.g. AXC F 2152)

IEC 61131-3

For more details please refer to the PLCnext Engineer - Features Overview.

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Engineering Tool PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS and 2019.3;
new features: PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 only
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS, 2019.3 and 2019.6;
new features: PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 only
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS, 2019.3, 2019.6 and 2019.9;
new features: PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 only
Download changes  - 
AX_Control (Axioline firmware commands)*  - 
IB_Control (Interbus firmware commands)**  - 
Profinet RdRec & WrRec
Profinet Alarm & AR Management  - 
TLS Sockets  - 
Force values from IO variables icon new  -   -   -   - 

* Only supported by PLCnext Controls with Axioline localbus (e.g. AXC F 2152)
** Inline localbus support by additional AXL F IL ADAPT (Article No. 1020304)

Real-Time C++

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Real-Time C++ programs
Call of RSC services
Threads  - 
Retain memory access IEC 61131-3 only
Axioline RSC services  - 
Interbus RSC services  - 
Profinet RSC services  - 
TLS Sockets  - 
License management RSC services  -   -   - 
Support of Component ports icon new  -   -   -   - 


Real-Time C#

The C# real-time implementation does not support all .NET Framework classes, please find a complete list of supported classes in the PLCnext Technology User Manual.

Supported Microsoft® Visual Studio® versions
v1.0 v2019.0 v2019.3 v2019.6 v2019.9
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017  - 
IEC 61131-3 runtime features
v1.0 v2019.0 v2019.3 v2019.6 v2019.9
Functions
Function blocks
Programs  -   -   -  ✔* ✔*

* C# real-time programs can not be included to a PLCnext Engineer project, but can be executed by manual ESM/GDS configuration.
Please contact your local support team for details.

Simulink®

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
PC Worx Target for Simulink 1.30 and 1.31 1.40 and 1.42* 1.40 and 1.42* 1.40 and 1.42* 1.40 and 1.42*
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Programs
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Function blocks  - 
PLCnext Engineer - Model Viewer**  - 
External mode
Co-simulation
Demo mode
Multi-modal instanciation
Parameter tuning  - 
Multirate/Multitasking  - 
Meta-Flagging  - 
Debug information Gathering*** icon new  - 

* "PC Worx Target for Simulink" v1.42 will be publicly available in October, 2019
** Supported by "PC Worx Target for Simulink" v1.4x and PLCnext Engineer >= 2019.0 LTS
*** Supported by "PC Worx Target for Simulink" v1.42 only


  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Data Access - Primitive datatypes
Data Access - Arrays and Structs  - 
Data Access - PLC status information  - 
Alarms and Conditions - Send Alarms  - 
Alarms and Conditions - Enable/Disable Alarms  - 
Alarms and Conditions - Confirm alarms  - 
Alarms and Conditions - Acknowledge alarms  - 
File Transfer - Access directories and files  - 
File Transfer - Open, read, write, seek, and close files  - 
Support of GDS-Push Certificate Management  - 
Historical Access* - Primitive datatypes  -   -   - 
Historical Access* - Get history of a specific time frame  -   -   - 
Historical Access* cyclic read  -   -   - 

* via file-based configuration - configuration via PLCnext Engineer will be implemented later


  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
HTML5
HTTPS
Support of PLCnext Engineer HMI
REST Interface* - Access GDS  - 

* The REST Interface is available on request


This features were implemented in Firmware 2019.0 LTS for the first time.

  Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Register, send and receive notifications (C++)
Log notifications (SQLite DB)
View notifications with PLCnext Engineer cockpit

This feature was implemented in Firmware 2019.3 for the first time.

  Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
Logging of GDS ports
File format - SQLite  - 
Mode - Infinite
Mode - On change (Sequence of Event)  - 
Mode - Time frame  - 

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6 Firmware 2019.9
LTTng
User Tracepoints  - 
(C++ and Simulink)

(C++ and Simulink)

(C++ and Simulink)

(C++ and Simulink)

Sneak peek into our development roadmap and current activities:

Docker™ Ready (Support of OCI Container) Applicative System Redundancy
OPC UA - Support of Date & Time datatype PLCnext Store Offline Installation
Performance Enhancements DNP3 Support
Java™ PLCnext Class Library Linux® Packet Manager

 

Latest Update: September 27th, 2019

 

Please check back regularly to keep up with the development progress.

PLCnext Technology can be operated as a software platform on different controllers.
In the following list you will find all available PLCnext Controls from Phoenix Contact with all possible extensions.

For detailed information, click on the headline for the regarding section to unfold the features' table:


The ideal controller for small to medium-sized applications.

  Firmware v1.2 Firmware v2019.0 LTS Firmware v2019.3** Firmware v2019.6** Firmware v2019.9**
Task cycle time (ESM) 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
Profinet specification 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
Profinet Update Rate 4 Device (1 ms),
64 Device (16 ms)
4 Device (1 ms),
64 Device (16 ms)
4 Device (1 ms),
64 Device (16 ms)
4 Device (1 ms),
64 Device (16 ms)
4 Device (1 ms),
64 Device (16 ms)
LLDP  - 
Axioline F Localbus
Inline Localbus  -    ✔*   ✔*   ✔*   ✔*
HTML5 Webserver  -     ✔**    ✔**    ✔**    ✔**
Proficloud TSD Interface
(incl. GDS Ports)

(incl. GDS Ports)

(incl. GDS Ports)
PLCnext Store Interface  - 
Retain Memory 48 kByte (NVRAM) 48 kByte (NVRAM) 48 kByte (NVRAM) 48 kByte (NVRAM) 48 kByte (NVRAM)
Configuration WBM WBM WBM WBM WBM
Real Time Clock
CPU ARM ® Cortex®-A9 2 x 800 Mhz ARM ® Cortex®-A9 2 x 800 Mhz ARM ® Cortex®-A9 2 x 800 Mhz ARM ® Cortex®-A9 2 x 800 Mhz ARM ® Cortex®-A9 2 x 800 Mhz
RAM 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Ethernet 10/100 Mbit switched 10/100 Mbit switched 10/100 Mbit switched 10/100 Mbit switched 10/100 Mbit switched
Profinet Redundancy Layer
(for use with Phoenix Contact redundant control RFC 460)
 -   - 
EtherNet/IP Device  -   - 
Media Redundancy Protocol (Client)  -   -   - 
Profinet Device  -   -   - 

*Inline localbus support by additional AXC F IL ADAPT (Article No. 1020304)
**Please find more details in the PLCnext Technology - Features Overview


High performance for your application!

Firmware v2019.0 LTS
(Release March, 2019)
Firmware v2019.6
(Release June, 2019)
Firmware v2019.9
(Release September, 2019)
Task cycle time (ESM) 500μs 500μs 500μs
Profinet specification 2.3 2.3 2.3
Profinet Update Rate 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
LLDP
HTML5 Webserver  - ✔*  - ✔*  - ✔*
Proficloud TSD Interface
(incl. GDS Ports)

(incl. GDS Ports)

(incl. GDS Ports)
PLCnext Store Interface
Retain Memory 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB
Configuration Touch Display and WBM Touch Display and WBM Touch Display and WBM
Real Time Clock
CPU Intel® i5 6300U
2 x 2,4 Ghz
Intel® i5 6300U
2 x 2,4 Ghz
Intel® i5 6300U
2 x 2,4 Ghz
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Ethernet 3 Ethernet MAC
(2 x 1 Gbit,
1 x 100 Mbit switched)
3 Ethernet MAC
(2 x 1 Gbit,
1 x 100 Mbit switched)
3 Ethernet MAC
(2 x 1 Gbit,
1 x 100 Mbit switched)
Safety Controller ARM® Cortex®-A8 1 x 600 MHz,
ARM ® Cortex®-A6 1 x 800 MHz
ARM® Cortex®-A8 1 x 600 MHz,
ARM ® Cortex®-A6 1 x 800 MHz
ARM® Cortex®-A8 1 x 600 MHz,
ARM ® Cortex®-A6 1 x 800 MHz
Profinet Redundancy Layer
(for use with Phoenix Contact redundant control RFC 460)
 - 
Profinet System Redundancy Layer icon new  -   - 
EtherNet/IP Device  - 
Media Redundancy Protocol (Client)  - 
Profinet Device  - 
Netload Limiter icon new  -   - 

*Please find more details in the PLCnext Technology - Features Overview


The following extension modules can be used with every Axioline-based PLCnext Control (e.g. AXC F 2152) with left side PCI express interface.

AXC F XT ETH 1TX

Extend your PLCnext control with an additional high performance (based on Intel ® i210 chipset) 1 GbE network card.

Part No.: 2403115

AXC F IL ADAPT

Set up an Inline station for PLCnext Technology and to integrate INTERBUS™ devices.
This Inline adapter terminal (INTERBUS™ Master) is designed to be aligned to the right of an Axiocontrol series PLCnext Control device.

Part No.: 1020304

AXC F XT IB 1H

Integrate INTERBUS™ networks (Supi 3 device chips or higher) with this new INTERBUS G4 Master extension.

Part No.: 2403018

See also the PLCnext Control devices - Implementation Roadmap for more to come.

For detailed information, click on the headline for the regarding section to unfold the features' table:


Controller PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
AXC F 1050  —   —   —   — 
AXC F 2152 ✔ (FW 1.x only)
RFC 4072S  —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Support of multiple screens  —  Cross-function area Cross-function area Cross-function area Cross-function area; HMI Dynamic and property editor
Systemfilter
Global cross references
Local cross references  — 
Recycle bin function
Mini Map "Bird view"  — 
Support of Multiple Instances  —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Background compilation
and syntax check
Download change  — 
Structured Text (ST)
Function Block Diagram (FBD)
Ladder Diagram (LD)
Network orientated editor (NOLD)
Extended variable identifier  — 
Initialisation of
user-defined data types
 — 
Initialisation of
user-defined data instances
 — 
Copy POUs from libraries  —   —   — 
Overwrite data types from libraries  —   —   — 
Overwrite POU types from libraries icon new  —   —   —   — 


Object-orientated programming (OOP)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Methods for function blocks


SFC+ (Sequential Function Chart)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Basic functions
Interlocks  — 
Watchdog  — 
Type & Info struct  — 
Compact SFC function block representation  — 
Pre- and post-execution worksheet  — 

The first supported PLC is RFC 4072S (Part no. 1051328).

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Profisafe  —   — 
Network granular CRC  —   — 
Signal path analysis  —   — 
Safe semantic analysis  —   — 
Functional Safety - User libraries  —   — 
Undo/Redo functionality in safety editor  —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Basic forms and elements
Symbols
Symbols in symbol (one level)  —   — 
Animations
Actions - Execute an event
Actions - Multiple events  — 
Actions - Write value  —   — 
Search and replace in symbols and dynamics  — 
Import and export HMI Libraries  — 
Import pages from other projects  — 
Access IEC 61131-3 external variables
Access local variables of function blocks  — 
Tags - primitive types
Tags - Any Bit (e.g. var. %X1)  — 
Tags - Array  — 
Tags - Struct  — 
Tags - Array of Struct  — 
Tags - Local function block variables  —   — 
Folder in HMI application tree icon new  —   —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Supported GSDML Profile >= 2.2 2.2 - 2.34 2.2 - 2.34 2.2 - 2.35 2.2 - 2.35
Scan for Profinet devices
Global Profinet interface table
(all interface settings in one table)
 — 
MRP configurator  —   —   — 
PROFINET redundancy icon new  —   —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Support for Axioline local bus
Scan for local bus devices  —   —   —   —   — 

Only in combination with AXC F IL ADAPT (Part no. 1020304) at an AXC F xxxx control !

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Supported of Inline local bus  — 

Only in combination with AXC F XT ETH 1TX (Part no. 2403115)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Network configuration view  — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
OPC UA Security certification management
OPC UA Data Access configuration view
OPC UA Historical configuration view  —   —   —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Logic analyzer  —    ✔*   ✔*
Watchwindow
Breakpoints
Execution values -
look at every online value
in your code, any time!
Debug in functions and methods  — 

* Supported only for IEC 61131-3 variables


First implementated in PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS

Feature PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
View Simulink® models
Drill down into submodels
Online values for GDS inports and outports
Multirate models  —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
User authentication -
PLC access
User authentication -
Change password
 — 
View security certificates of PLC  — 
Login template for web visualisation  —   — 
Remembering user credentials  —   —   — 

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 PLCnext Engineer 2019.9
Network scan for
compatible controllers
PLCopen XML import from PC Worx 6
Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  —   — 
Safety Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  —   —   — 
AutomationML - APC (Automation Project Configuration)  —   — 
Project statistic overview - (consumptions and limits)  — 
Native support of 64 bit Operation Systems (Windows 7/10)
(32 bit systems are not longer supported)
 — 
Download sources with libraries  —   —   — 
Translation Management (comments and strings)  —   —   —   —   — 

Sneak peek into our development roadmap and current activities:

Better compiler performance VCS coupling to Git
Execution indication Profinet FSU
Improved usability Improved responsiveness of UI
Documentation editor @POUs Expressions in symbol parameters
  Assign UDTs to symbol parameters
  PLCnext Engineer HMI - access to GDS Ports

 

Latest Update: September 30th, 2019

 

For all current features, see the PLCnext Engineer - Features Overview.