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IO-Link Reference Designs

Accelerate development of IO-Link® master systems and IO-Link sensors with our IO-Link Reference Designs. IO-Link is the first open, field bus agnostic, low-cost, point-to-point serial communication protocol for sensors and actuators that has been adopted as an international standard (IEC 61131-9).


IO-Link Master Development Platforms

These cost-effective systems enable both experienced and new developers of IO-Link products to speed time to market. The complete system designs, including software stack from TEConcept, will significantly reduce your development effort and cost.

Four-Channel IO-Link Master Reference Design
Includes 2 dual-channel IO-Link master transceivers, digital isolator, microcontroller and USB connection.

This fully IO-Link-compliant IO-Link master uses the TMG TE IO-Link stack and acts as a development system for IO-Link sensors/actuators. Four IO-Link ports allow simultaneous testing of up to four sensors or actuators. An AC-to-DC (24VDC/1A) power supply provides at least 250mA to each port. A USB 2.0 Type B connector allows quick connectivity to a Windows®PC.

Four-Channel IO-Link Master: MAXREFDES165 ›

8-Port IO-Link Master Reference Design
This fully IO-Link-compliant system is both an IO-Link master reference design and an IO-Link sensor/actuator development and test system. Eight IO-Link ports allow for simultaneous testing of up to eight different sensors or actuators. The easy-to-use TEConcept GUI software with IODD file import capability makes this system a must-have for development of IO-Link products.

8-Channel IO-Link Master: MAXREFDES145 ›

IO-Link Sensor Reference Designs

The IO-Link communication protocol allows these smart sensors to work with any IO-Link master. Connect any or all of our IO-Link sensor designs to our IO-Link master reference design, to quickly and easily simulate factory operation.

IO-Link Distance Sensor
The MAXREFDES171# is a reference design that is compliant with the IO-Link version 1.1/1.0 standard. It consists of an industry-standard MAX22513 IO-Link device transceiver, a MAX32660 ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontroller utilizing the TMG TE IO-Link device stack, and a commercially available VL53L1 distance sensor.

IO-Link Distance Sensor: MAXREFDES171 ›

Industrial Magnetic Sensor Reference Design
This ultra-small (15mm x 10mm) magnetic sensor design uses an integrated digital magnetic sensor and an industrial sensor output. A robust, industry-standard M12 connector provides a simple connection of the binary sensor to any IO-Link master.

Industrial Magnetic Sensor: MAXREFDES163 ›

IO-Link RTD Temp Sensor Reference Design
Our IO-Link RTD temperature sensor design features an integrated RTD-to-digital converter to provide accurate temperature sensing for industrial applications. Robust protection on the IO-Link and RTD interfaces increases uptime, and the efficient power supply reduces energy consumption. An IO-Link device transceiver and a complete IO-Link software stack make this a rugged solution to enable quick time to market with robust performance.

IO-Link RTD Temp Sensor: MAXREFDES42 ›

IO-Link Communications and Control Reference Designs

These additional IO-link designs support industrial communications and actuators, and can be connected directly to the IO-Link master.

IO-Link Universal Analog IO

IO-Link Universal Analog IO Reference Design
Includes IO-Link transceiver with integrated protection, industrial configurable analog IO, digital isolator, and microcontroller

This fully IO-Link compliant system provides a true field-configurable, universal IO by combining the field programmability of IO-Link with a software-configurable IO. Industrial sensor/actuator OEMs can provide end users total flexibility at the factory floor level to simplify equipment installation and commissioning, while reducing their number of SKUs and BOMs, simplifying and streamlining their purchasing and manufacturing.

IO-Link Universal Analog IO: MAXREFDES177 ›

IO-Link 16-Channel Digital Input Hub
The MAXREFDES176# is a complete, IO-Link® 16-channel digital input hub reference design that consists of a MAX22515 IO-Link transceiver with integrated protection. It demonstrates an isolated digital input hub using the MAX22192 isolated octal digital input device daisy-chained with the MAX22190 octal digital input device to provide a total of 16 digital input channels.

IO-Link 16-Channel Digital Input Hub: MAXREFDES176 ›

IO-Link Quad Servo Driver Reference Design
This IO-Link servo driver actuator can replace a traditional pneumatic actuator, eliminating many of the disadvantages of using compressed airlines. Pre-programmed and ready to connect to an IO-Link master, this design provides 5V power, four PWM outputs and four digital inputs allowing you to simultaneous control up to four 5V servo motors.

IO-Link Quad Servo Driver: MAXREFDES37 ›

IO-Link Software Development Kit

This is available upon request by JSL Technology to support software development. It includes stack configuration, driver development, customizing slave I/F, IODD file, protocol test, and IODD test.

Learn more: JSL Technology IO-Link ›




For a list of all Maxim Integrated's industrial automation reference designs and the associated parts, please visit the link below.

Industrial Automation Reference Designs