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Industrial switch supports major real time Ethernet protocols

Posted: 11 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Innovasic? industrial Ethernet? switch? PROFINET?

Innovasic has announced the fido5000 REM switch that can be paired with any processor including any ARM CPU or Innovasic's fido1100 communication controller. It also supports PROFINET, PROFINET IRT (version 2.3), EtherNet/IP, EtherNet/IP with Beacon-based DLR, ModbusTCP, EtherCAT, SERCOS and POWERLINK all in a single silicon solution, detailed the company.

Unlike other stand-alone switches that leave protocol integration up to the user, the fido5000 REM switch comes with a driver for each protocol to easily configure the switch and integrate the protocol stack. While EtherCAT and POWERLINK do not technically use a switch, the fido5000 can be configured to meet all of the performance and connectivity requirements for these protocols. The driver for PROFINET IRT will be available in January 2014 followed by ModbusTCP, EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP (with and without DLR). SERCOS and POWERLINK drivers will be released in Q3 2014.

The REM switch incorporates Innovasic's unique PriorityChannel Technology that ensures real-time Industrial Ethernet messages are processed on-time, every time regardless of the protocol and the amount of network traffic on the wire. This feature reduces factory down-time due to devices failing under network traffic load conditions, noted the company.

Production shipments will begin in January 2014.

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