Wednesday 8 May 2013

Maximum performance with standard Ethernet Controller

KW-Software is introducing a cost-effective PROFINET solution based on a Standard Ethernet Controller that includes isochronous real-time communication (IRT). This is very good news for PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), the international trade association behind PROFINET, who view this as a major step for the further growth of PROFINET. Up until now, only defined ASICs or FPGAs provided this degree of accuracy and precision. Now users can receive the same performance with a standard Ethernet component.

“The market launch of the PROFINET solution on a Standard Ethernet Controller such as the one from Intel is an important step towards high-performance solutions,” affirmed Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PI. “When technology suppliers offer easy-to-integrate solutions in the form of ASICs, network controllers, or FPGAs, device manufacturers can use these in turn to offer new solutions for customer requirements. KW Software’s solution rounds out the technology portfolio. It has always been possible to integrate PROFINET with RT communication on standard Ethernet controllers. From now this is also possible for IRT. This means that device manufacturers now have scalable and suitable options for integrating PROFINET in their devices and controllers. This also demonstrates the openness and market acceptance of PROFINET.”

"For users, it means there is now a very broad palette of controllers and devices to choose from."

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