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. See the Phoenix Contact website for all current PLCnext Technology devices.

Latest update: February 26th, 2024

PLCnext Control product family

PLCnext Control portfolio

For the Axioline F controller family, there is a range of AXC F XT Extensions available, extending the features to suit 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.

Controller-specific features

The following features show the differences and similarities between the controllers, determining the performance and fields of application. For more details, see the related  Hardware documentation.

For applications related to  a certain approval, check the Approval facet in the product page; they are linked in the table below.

Note: Approval is only valid for the yearly LTS firmware release!
  AXC F 1152 AXC F 2152 AXC F 3152 RFC 4072S RFC 4072R
Field of application Perfect for small applications Perfect for small to medium-sized applications Perfect for medium-sized applications High performance for safety applications High performance for redundancy applications
Approvals
(LTS firmware release only!)
check on
product page
check on
product page
check on
product page
check on
product page
CPU Arm® Cortex®‑A9
800 MHz Single Core
Arm® Cortex®‑A9
800 MHz Dual Core
Intel Atom® x5‑E3930
1.3 GHz Dual Core
Intel® Core™ i5‑6300U
2.4 GHz Dual Core
Intel® Core™ i5‑6300U
2.4 GHz Dual Core
RAM 512 Mbyte 512 Mbyte 2048 Mbyte 4096 Mbyte 4096 Mbyte
Integrated flash memory [1] 512 Mbyte 512 Mbyte 1 Gbyte 8 Gbyte 8 Gbyte
IEC 61131‑3 Program memory 8 Mbyte 8 Mbyte 12 Mbyte 16 Mbyte 16 Mbyte
IEC 61131‑3 Data storage 12 Mbyte 12 Mbyte 32 Mbyte 32 Mbyte 32 Mbyte
Retain memory 48 kbyte (NVRAM) 48 kbyte (NVRAM) 1 Mbyte 2 Mbyte 2 Mbyte
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
or WBM
via touch display
or 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 (1 ms),
64 devices (16 ms)
32 devices (1 ms),
128 devices (4 ms)
64 devices (1 ms),
256 devices (8ms)
64 devices (1 ms),
256 devices (8 ms)
Support for AXC F XT left-side extension modules
(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 controller
(for use with PLCnext Engineer Functional Safety editor)
by means of
AXC F XT
SPLC 1000 or
SPLC 3000
integrated
Arm® Cortex®‑A8
600 MHz and
Arm® Cortex®‑A6
800 MHz
Netload Limiter from 2022.0 LTS:
from 2022.0 LTS:
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
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.

Firmware releases on controllers

The following updates of the PLCnext firmware are available (in brackets: latest public release or hotfix). To get to the product page for your device, use the link at the item no. in the table below.

Note: Here, for 2019 and 2020 releases only the LTS release is reported even though there might have been feature releases in between. That is, because the following LTS release contains all the modifications and additions of the former feature releases. Nevertheless, all releases are still publicly available in the Downloads section of the product pages on phoenixcontact.com.

For applications related to a certain approval, check the documents in the Approval facet of the regarding product page (see links in the table above).
Note: Only LTS firmware releases are approved.

PLCnext Control 2019.0
LTS
2020.0
LTS
2021.0
LTS
2022.0
LTS
2022.3 2022.6 2022.9 2023.0
LTS
2023.3 2023.6 2023.9 2024.0
LTS
AXC F 1152
(item no. 1151412)
no product
(2020.0.1 LTS)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2022.0.8 LTS)

(2022.6.0)

(2023.0.7
LTS)

(2023.6.0)

(2024.0.0
LTS)
AXC F 2152
(item no. 2404267)

(2019.0.4 LTS)

(2020.0.1 LTS)

(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2022.0.8 LTS)

(2022.3.0)

(2022.6.0)

(2022.9.0)

(2023.0.7
LTS)

(2023.6.1)

(2024.0.0
LTS)
AXC F 3152
(item no. 1069208)
no product no product
(2021.0.5 LTS)

(2022.0.8 LTS)

(2022.6.1)

(2023.0.7
LTS)

(2023.3.0)

(2023.9.0)
coming soon
RFC 4072S
(item no. 1051328)

(2019.0.0 LTS)

(2020.0.0 LTS)

(2021.0.6 LTS)

(2022.0.8 LTS)

(2022.6.3)

(2023.0.7 LTS)

(2023.6.0)

(2024.0.2
LTS)
RFC 4072R
(item no. 1136419)
no product no product no product
(2022.0.6 LTS)

(2023.0.7 LTS)
coming soon
BPC 9102S
(item no. 1246285)
no product no product no product
(2022.0.8 LTS)

(2023.0.7 LTS)

(2023.6.0)

(2024.0.3
LTS)
EPC 1502
(item no. 1185416)
no product no product
(2021.0.7 LTS)

(2022.0.7 LTS)

(2023.0.6 LTS)
coming soon
EPC 1522
(item no. 1185423)
no product no product
(2021.0.7 LTS)

(2022.0.7 LTS)

(2023.0.6 LTS)
coming soon
PLCnext Engineer Simulation
(see at PLCnext Engineer,
item no. 1046008)
no product
 
no product no product
(2022.0.2 LTS)

(2023.0 LTS)
coming soon

 

 

 


• Published/reviewed: 2024-05-06   ★  Revision 068 •