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Microchip licenses EtherCAT for next-gen controllers

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EtherCAT? internet of things? Industrial Ethernet?

Microchip Technology has announced that it is now licensing the EtherCAT technology for its next-generation Ethernet controllers. This licence is part of Microchip's strategy to expand its presence in the industrial cabling market.

Adding EtherCAT technology to Microchip's Ethernet controllers provides system developers with the high level of integration, flexibility and stability required to design products that meet and exceed today's industrial standards. This licensing agreement, in combination with Microchip's Industrial Ethernet product portfolio and long history as a solutions supplier, enables the company to deliver solutions that increase overall system efficiency and reduce system costs.

With EtherCAT technology's "on the fly" processing and use of standard Ethernet cabling, which eliminates expensive switch fabrics, Microchip's next-generation slave controllers offer high level of integration and cost optimisation required for current and future industrial applications. Additionally, end users can count on the stability of the EtherCAT standard, which has been continually enhanced without fundamental interface changes since its adoption in 2004. This consistency ensures interoperability with existing devices, while providing improvements to meet the evolving needs of designers.

EtherCAT technology has also been shown to have the highest throughput of any industrial Ethernet standard. These advantages have led to a high adoption rate, which includes more than 3,000 members, globally.

Microchip's Ethernet controllers with EtherCAT technology are in the latter stages of development.

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