UniPi Axon is a brand-new PLC (programmable logic controller) product line designed for MaR/HVAC systems control, smarthome application and utilization in automation and monitoring. Axon is offered in three sizes and six model series and is compliant with highest standards in both home and industrial automation.
Basic hardware characteristics
The Axon product line is offered in three sizes and six model lines. The most numerous type is the Axon S (4 DIN modules size), allowing a wide range of possible applications while retaining compact dimensions. Axon S exists in eight variants differing in an I/O configuration.
Axon S105, M505 and L505
The construction of Axon is highly modular, allowing to create new I/O combination just by swapping I/O boards. Due to this feature, we could create for example the S205 and S215 models featuring 8 digital inputs and 8 relay outputs, or models with 4× RS485 or 2× Ethernet. Thanks to such modularity, we can also design and develop new solutions according to specific customer needs, be it hardware specifications or an OEM customer design.
All Axon models are powered by the quad-core 1.2 GHz Allwinner H5 ARM processor featuring 1 GB RAM and internal 8GB eMMC memory. For a quick communication, all units are equipped with 1Gbit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Alternatively, it is possible to add other custom wireless technologies according to the customer's needs. By default, all Axons feature a pair of USB 2.0 ports.
The S105 basic model comes with a universal I/O architecture combining four digital inputs, four digital outputs, a single analogue I/O, single 1-Wire interface (up to 15 digital sensors) and both the RS485 and the RS232 serial lines.
Anodized aluminium metal cover known from the Neuron product line was retained, Axons are however using black colour for an easy visual distinction between both product lines. Axon is fully certified for the use in households, commercial buildings and light industry.
Depending on the model, Axon can be equipped with
- up to 36 digital inputs
- up to 4 digital outputs
- up to 28 relay outputs
- up to 8 analogue inputs
- up to 8 analogue outputs
- up to 4 RS485 universal lines
- four IEC 62386-standard channels for smart lighting control (DALI-compatible)
- a pair of 1Gbit Ethernet ports
- various combinations of the above-mentioned
By default, all Axon controllers feature pre-installed Mervis platform - a collection of tools and applications for advanced control and regulation. Apart from the control software, the Mervis also contain development environment and user-friendly graphic interface, along with SCADA interface for remote control and monitoring. The platform was developed in accordance with the IEC 66131-3 standard for PLC software.
Axons are however compatible with a variety of other software solutions, both commercial and open-source. For more information, visit our overview of other software solutions
Standard Axon model line-up
|Type S, size on DIN rail: 4 modules (7 cm)|
|Type M, size on DIN rail: 8 modules (14 cm)|
|Type L, size on DIN rail: 14 modules (21 cm)|
**4x IEC 62386 (DALI-compatible)
- 1,2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM
- 1Gbit Ethernet
- 8GB onboard eMMC memory
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth