Friday, September 19, 2014

One Ethernet hardware product – any industrial Ethernet network!


New Ethernet solution from HMS Industrial Networks makes it possible for device manufacturers to download the industrial Ethernet protocol of choice to standardized Ethernet hardware from HMS.

HMS Industrial Networks now releases “Anybus CompactCom for Common Ethernet” – a communication solution which includes an Ethernet hardware that is loadable with PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP or Ethernet POWERLINK. This brings full flexibility to device manufacturers, who can simply download the desired industrial Ethernet protocol to a CompactCom chip, brick or module before delivery to the customer.

Comes in three different form factors

Launched as part of the Anybus CompactCom 40-series, the Common Ethernet solution is available in three different form factors depending on the required level of integration to the host device: Chip, brick or module, all loadable in the same standardized way.

“As the industrial network market moves towards industrial Ethernet, the CompactCom Common Ethernet solution instantly becomes a key component in our offering. It makes life easier for device manufacturers, since they do not have to stock finalized CompactCom products for different industrial Ethernet networks – instead they can simply download the network protocol that corresponds to customer orders to our standardized Common Ethernet hardware,” comments Leif Malmberg, Product Line Manager, for embedded products at HMS.

“Since the module is built on proven Anybus CompactCom technology powered by the Anybus NP40 network processor, customers will also get instant access to the entire CompactCom family with one implementation project. This means access to any fieldbus and industrial Ethernet network by simply plugging in another Anybus module.”

Supports IT functions

The Common Ethernet concept supports IT functions by default, meaning that it can be used as an Ethernet TCP/IP solution if the user wants to develop connectivity to a proprietary Ethernet network.

Firmware Manager included
By using the accompanying Firmware Manager software, users can easily download firmware for their network of choice. It is also possible to use FTP or the application interface for downloading firmware.

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