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Rockwell boosts use of Intel network processor

Posted: 22 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rockwell automation? ixp465? network processors?

Rockwell Automation Inc. announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) it is expanding the use of Intel's IXP465 network processors in industrial automation applications to link the factory floor with other enterprises.

The Intel IXP465 network processor, designed by Intel with input from Rockwell, is part of a line of high-performance network processors that help manufacturers facilitate seamless information flow between factory floor and office environments.

Intel relied on Rockwell Automation's technical and industrial expertise to help ensure that the processors met factory automation performance requirements, and Rockwell Automation plans to embed the processor into its next generation of communication products.

In the past, industrial automation suppliers had to rely on proprietary microprocessor technology to achieve the performance levels required of manufacturing environments. Intel's processor is based on open, industry-standard interfaces and platforms.

"In developing our new line of high-performance processors, we wanted to work closely with an automation leader who understood the rigorous demands of industrial automation and recognized the importance of seamless information flow," said Doug Davis, vice president, Intel Communications Group, general manager, Infrastructure Processor Division, in a statement. "Rockwell Automation was the obvious choice, and their expertise has been key in understanding the needs of the industrial automation market."

- Spencer Chin

EE Times





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