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PLCnext Technology - Implementation Roadmap

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.

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

Firmware Release Strategy:

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem (PLCnext Controls, PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Store) will continue to develop very dynamically in the next years. Therefore we decided to release every year in total four PLCnext Control firmware versions and PLCnext Engineer software versions.

At the beginning of every year we will come up with a Long Term Support (LTS) firmware version. This version is permanently supplied with bugfixes. Each quarter follows a new version with additional features, which will also be included in the next LTS version. This gives you the possibility to develop your application or app always with the latest versions, and to enjoy new features first!

Version name Release date
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS February 20th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 March 29th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 end of June, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 end of September, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2020.0 end of November, 2019

Latest Update: March, 2019

Outlook

Find in the list below our top 10 features, planned to be implemented during 2019.

  1. Linux Packet Manager with PLCnext Technology Repository
  2. Device and Security Patch Management
  3. Enhanced Microsoft® Visual Studio® Extensions (PLCnext Technology real-time C++ and C# programs)
  4. Profinet Redundancy Layer (SRL) and MRP Client support
  5. AXC F 2152 with configurable Ethernet ports X1/X2 (switched or independent MACs)
  6. Enhanced web-based diagnostic
  7. Download change (IEC 61131-3)
  8. OPC UA Historical Access
  9. EtherNet/IP (Adapter Class)
  10. EtherCat Master

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

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.

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

Firmware Release Strategy:

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem (PLCnext Controls, PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Store) will continue to develop very dynamically in the next years. Therefore we decided to release every year in total four PLCnext Control firmware versions and PLCnext Engineer software versions.

At the beginning of every year we will come up with a Long Term Support (LTS) firmware version. This version is permanently supplied with bugfixes. Each quarter follows a new version with additional features, which will also be included in the next LTS version. This gives you the possibility to develop your application or app always with the latest versions, and to enjoy new features first!

Version name Release date
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS February 20th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 March 29th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 end of June, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 end of September, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2020.0 end of November, 2019

Latest Update: March, 2019

Outlook

Find in the list below our top 10 features, planned to be implemented during 2019.

  1. Linux Packet Manager with PLCnext Technology Repository
  2. Device and Security Patch Management
  3. Enhanced Microsoft® Visual Studio® Extensions (PLCnext Technology real-time C++ and C# programs)
  4. Profinet Redundancy Layer (SRL) and MRP Client support
  5. AXC F 2152 with configurable Ethernet ports X1/X2 (switched or independent MACs)
  6. Enhanced web-based diagnostic
  7. Download change (IEC 61131-3)
  8. OPC UA Historical Access
  9. EtherNet/IP (Adapter Class)
  10. EtherCat Master

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

Operating System

Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Linux Kernel 4.9 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS
OSADL Preempt real-time patch
NTP implemented ntpd & ntp-utils added ntpd & ntp-utils added ntpd & ntp-utils added
Debian Packet Manager (dpkg)  -  Basic support Basic support Basic support

PLCnext Store

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Solution Apps  - 
Function Extension Apps  -   - 

Security

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Remote SSL connection
User Management - predefined roles
Firewall nftables nftables;
configuration via WBM
nftables;
configuration via WBM
nftables;
configuration via WBM
VPN OpenVPN® OpenVPN® OpenVPN® OpenVPN®
IPSec StrongSwan® StrongSwan® StrongSwan® StrongSwan®
Trust & Identity Store  - 
configuration via WBM

configuration via WBM

configuration via WBM
TLS Sockets  - 

Diagnostic

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
General diagnostic log
Diagnostic view in PLCnext Engineer  - 
WBM - PLC state
WBM - Profinet device list  - 
WBM - Profinet device Tree view  -   -   - 

Real-Time - Execution & Synchronisation Manager

Tasks

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Default / Idle
Cyclic
System Event Tasks
(e.g. System Events & Exceptions)
 - 
Task-synchronous Axioline IO update*  - 


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

IEC 61131-3

For more details please refer to the PLCnext Engineer roadmap.

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
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
Download changes  - 
AX_Control (Axioline firmware commands)*  - 
IB_Control (Interbus firmware commands)**  - 
Profinet RdRec & WrRec
Profinet Alarm & AR Management  - 
TLS Sockets  - 

* Only supported from 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
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  - 


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.

For more details please refer to the C# in real-time roadmap.

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Real-Time C# Functions
Real-Time C# Function blocks
Real-Time C# 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
PC Worx Target for Simulink 1.30 and 1.31 1.40 1.40 1.40
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Programs
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Function blocks  - 
PLCnext Engineer - Model Viewer  -    ✔*   ✔*   ✔*

* Supported with "PC Worx Target for Simulink" v1.40 and PLCnext Engineer >= 2019.0 LTS

OPC UA server

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Data Access - Primitive datatypes
Data Access - Arrays and Structs  - 
Data Access - PLC status information  - 
Alarm & Condition - Send Alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Enable/Disable Alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Confirm alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Acknowledge alarms  - 
Historical Access  -   -   -  basic features ✔
File Transfer - Access directories and files  - 
File Transfer - Open, read, write, seek and close files  - 
Support of GDS-Push Certificate Management  - 

Web server

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
HTML5
Support of PLCnext Engineer HMI
REST Interface* - Access GDS  - 
Firmware update via Web-based management  - 
Disable Authentication  - 

* REST Interface is available on request

Notification Manager and Logger

First implemented in Firmware 2019.0 LTS.

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

Task-synchronous Datalogger

First implemented in Firmware 2019.3.

  Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Logging of GDS ports
Logging on change (Sequence of Event)  - 

Trace Controller

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
LTTnG
User Tracepoints  - 
(C++ and Matlab Simulink)

(C++ and Matlab Simulink)

(C++ and Matlab Simulink)