PROFIBUS DP Network Interface Module Type 7 (NIM-7)
With the introduction of our new product line (Chameleon+), 2023 (or while supplies last) marks the end of production for legacy Chameleon (EOL Announcement). We will continue to provide technical support on all EOL products. In addition, we will continue to repair the EOL products for as long as replacement parts can be acquired.
Features and Benefits
- Can be configured as PROFIBUS DP Master or Slave
- High-Performance Dual-Processor Architecture
- Network Configuration Tools Integrated in Design Pad G3
- Multiple NIMs Can Be Combined to Form Gateway, Bridge, Routing, and/or Redundant Connection Functionality
- Selectable Baud Rates from 9.6 Kbps up to 12 Mbps
- -40°C to +65°C (-40°F to +149°F) Operating Range
- MIL-STD-901D Grade A for High Impact Shock
- MIL-STD-167B for Vibration
- MIL-STD-461E for Electro-Magnetic Interference
- Supports Hot Swapping
- Master and Slave Certified by the PNO
The Chameleon PROFIBUS Network Interface Module (NIM-7) provides seamless connectivity to PROFIBUS DP compliant devices. It features a high-performance 32-bit RISC processor with multi-tasking RTOS to execute computationally-intensive applications and to interface with other modules in the Chameleon family. Network message processing is offloaded to a co-processor containing an integrated Siemens ASPC-2 PROFIBUS controller.
Chameleon’s multi-processor architecture allows considerable flexibility in the use of NIM-7 modules. They can serve as a standalone high-end remote I/O application processor node on a PROFIBUS network with connectivity to other inexpensive (and computationally-limited) slave devices. They can be arranged with other Chameleon I/O modules to create a high-end Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) solution. Or, they can be combined with other Chameleon networking modules to create a gateway between multi-protocol network segments or to create a bridge between multiple PROFIBUS segments (using the internal high-speed backplane to transfer data between modules). For example, the NIM-7 module can operate alongside a NIM-1 Modbus module, or NIM-6 LonTalk module, or NIM-2 Ethernet module executing a supported IP protocol (e.g. EtherNet/IP or PROFINET) to transfer data between networks.
You program the NIM-7 with the Design Pad graphical configuration tool. Design Pad G3 enables you to create sophisticated remote control, local control, monitoring, and/or network message handling applications without prior programming experience. It also contains an integrated PROFIBUS network configuration tool with GSD import, as well as integrated off-line device network simulation capabilities for both Fairmount Automation devices and third-party products.
The NIM-7 operating-mode (master or slave) is software-configured—the module takes on the selected role during its initialization sequence. Using the same module for both functions can provide measurable logistics benefits and reduce procurement, maintenance, and training costs.
The firmware in all Chameleon modules can be updated in the field as new software features are released. For example, new PROFIBUS extensions (e.g., DPv2) could be added to the NIM-7 as they become available in the future, thereby protecting today’s hardware investment from obsolescence.
As with all Chameleon modules, NIM-7 units are hot-swappable: when a new module is inserted into a Chameleon node, its neighboring modules automatically transfer the program it is to execute—there is no need to shut off the power or to detach connectors. They also provide unequaled ruggedness. They are specifically designed for sustained operation in severe environments, including those characterized by extreme shock, vibration, electro-magnetic interference, temperature, and/or humidity. The fully-sealed enclosure (sealing end-caps not pictured) allows the module to operate while submerged.
|Operating Ambient Temperature Range||-40°C to 65°C|
|Storage/Transport Ambient Temperature Range||-40°C to 85°C|
|High Impact Shock||MIL-STD-901D, Grade A|
|Mechanical Vibration||MIL-STD-167B, 0-50Hz|
|Facial/Housing Protection||NEMA 1,2,4,4X,5,6,12,12K,13|
|Maximum Power Consumption||4W|
|Main CPU||33 MHz 32-Bit ARM Core|
|Memory||1 MB SRAM, 1MB Non-Volatile Flash|
|Network Capacity||125 PROFIBUS DP Devices|
|Baud Rate||Standard PROFIBUS Rates up to 12Mbps|
|Signal Electrical Isolation from Control Circuitry||Opto-isolated, 1500 VDC Minimum|
|Biasing||Switchable 390Ω high and low side|
|External Voltage Source||Isolated 5 VDC, 12mA|
|Supported Cable Diameters||Two glands 0.24”-0.47”; two glands 0.16”-0.31”|
|Supported Wire Gauges||16-28 AWG|
|Operating Modes||Class 1 Master or Slave|
|Version Support||DPV0, DPV1 Extensions|
|Extensions||SYNC, FREEZE, ALARMS, DIAGNOSTICS, Class 2 Services, MPI Functions|
|Process Data Size|
|Master Mode||Slave Mode|
*Limit of 368 Bytes max combined input and output process data sizes for slave mode
|PROFIBUS System Status Readout||One two-color (red/green) Indicator|
|Network Activity Readout||One two-color (red/green) Indicator|
|Module Status Readout||One three-color (red/yellow/green) Indicator|
|IR Wireless Interface||115 kbps SIR|
|Front Panel Dimensions||2.5” W x 6” L|
|Enclosure Height||3″ H|
The following part numbers can be used when ordering the PROFIBUS DP RS-485 Network Interface Module Type 7 (NIM-7).
|Fairmount Part Number||Description|
|01012-024||NIM-7 with Gray Enclosure|
|01012-324||NIM-7 with Black Enclosure (without Stuffing Tubes)|
|11057-200||NIM-7 Active Board and Gray Cover|
|11057-250||NIM-7 Active Board and Black Cover|
|01014-024||NIM-7 Half-Size Gray Enclosure with Wiring Hub Assembly|
|01014-324||NIM-7 Half-Size Black Enclosure and Wiring Hub Assembly (without Stuffing Tubes)|
|11058-100||NIM-7 Wiring Hub Assembly|