GOcontroll Moduline IV.

The basic of the Moduline controllers is the processorboard. The board is designed according automotive specifications to withstand al kind of influences in a harsh environments.

The Moduline IV is equipped with an i.MX8 application processor. The operating system running on the controller is Linux. The controller can be programmed using a graphical software development environment  called Node-RED. No external software IDE’s, compilers or licenses are needed. GOcontroll has build some dedicated function nodes to configure the controller and interface with the Moduline compatible modules. It is still possible to run Simulink models on top of the Linux controller.

If you have a GOcontroll Moduline IV controller, the wiki environment will help to setup the controller.

Onboard features.

The GOcontroll Moduline IV controller is standard equipped with some features which can be used in applications without the need of extra modules plugged into the controller.

Feature Specification
8 Module slots For Moduline compatible modules
4 Onboard programmable status leds Multiple color RGB
USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps
4 x CAN CAN 2.0 B
1 x LIN Master or slave configuration
2.4 GHz p2p communication BT 4.2*
2.4 GHz wlan Standard configured as accespoint*
Celular communication LTE CAT-M1 with 2G fallback*
IoT network NB-IoT
Positioning GNSS GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/Galileo*
Serial communication RS232 (internal)

* These features are only available if the module for them is present

Processor specifications.

The GOcontroll Moduline IV controller is equipped with an i.MX8 application processor which is only used for the application. Low level signal processing is handled locally by the modules.

Moduline IV Quad Core
Processor i.MX8M
Architecture Quad ARM® Cortex®  A53
Flash memory 4 GB eMMC
RAM memory 1 GB
Core speed (for each core available) 1.6 GHz
Boot time for running compiled Simulink models 3 to 3.5 seconds
Boot time for running Node-RED service 8 to 10 seconds

Controller connections.

Connector A

Module 1 & 2

Module 3 & 4

System connections

Module 5 & 6

Module 7 & 8

Connector B

Connector C

Connector E

Connector D

The Moduline IV has 3 so called activate inputs (K15). The inputs will boot the controller when they are high. If a low activate input is detected in software, user can finish some routines/controls before shutting down the controller.

The activate pins are only for activation of the controller. The supply for the controller comes from the K30 connection.

The system connector (C) interfaces some onboard features and supplies the controller.

Pin Funtion Description
5 – 7 K30 (supply) Battery positive connection
24 – 26  K31 (ground) Battery negative connection
2  K15 (contact) Switch on controller 1 (active high)
3  K15 (contact) Switch on controller 2 (active high)
4  K15 (contact) Switch on controller 3 (active high)
14  CAN 1 Low CAN low line
15  CAN 1 High CAN high line
16  CAN 1 Ground Optional ground for shielding
20  CAN 2 Low CAN low line
21  CAN 2 High CAN high line
22  CAN 2 Ground Optional ground for shielding
19  CAN 3 Low CAN low line
18  CAN 3 High CAN high line
17  CAN 3 Ground Optional ground for shielding
13  CAN 4 Low CAN low line
12  CAN 4 High CAN high line
11  CAN 4 Ground Optional ground for shielding
8  LIN – bus LIN communication line
9  LIN – supply LIN supply line (master)
10  LIN – ground Optional reference ground
1  Controller Reset Reset controller (active high)

Controller supply and maximum ratings.

The controller is supplied by the C connector. This supply is only used to power up the controller. Output modules are supplied separate from the controller. This means that each output module can drive a maximum of 15 Ampère and (when preferred) have a different working voltage than the controller itself. Check the datasheet from the Output Module for more information.

Parameter Specification
Supply voltage (K30) 8 to 32 V
Contact voltage (K15) (all K15 pins) 8 to 32 V
Nominal current consumption when controller is active (no modules installed) 310 mA @ 12V   –   200 mA @ 24V
Current consumption when switched off (K15’s low) < 1 mA
Load dump protection Designed according ISO7637-2 5a/5b

General controller specifications.

Item Weight
GOcontroll Moduline IV controller (without modules) 1380 gram
Each extra input module 13 gram
Each extra output module 29 gram
Item Specification
Enclosure material Aluminium anodized grey
Seal material High density carbon holding foam (2mm)
Enclosure breather Goretex membrane®
Temperature range -20° C to 85° C
Enclosure label size 15 x 54 mm

Controller dimensions.

Please let us know if you consider to implement a GOcontroll controller into your system. We can provide a step file for more detailed dimensions.