Analog Devices adds POWERLINK as a supported industrial Ethernet protocol

Analog Devices adds POWERLINK as a supported industrial Ethernet protocol

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Analog Devices has added POWERLINK, a real-time industrial Ethernet protocol, to its RapID Platform Network Interface, developed by the company’s Deterministic Ethernet Technology Group (formally Innovasic, Inc.).
By Graham Prophet

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The complete, pre-tested, pre-certified solution enables system designers to add Industrial Ethernet to an existing product or to a new product, quickly and at the lowest cost. With the RapID Platform Network Interface, system designers have the flexibility to embed the RapID Platform into their field device application as a module or completely embed the module’s components into the field device’s circuit card. Either way, previous users have confirmed the reliability and flexibility of the RapID Platform which also removes the development risk when managing the industrial protocol and network traffic for a host processor.

 

The RapID Platform POWERLINK Network Interface operates as a Controlled Node (CN) and contains the POWERLINK object dictionary with the object ranges provisioned for both standardized device profiles and custom manufacturer configurations. The Network Interface makes use of these features to support the standard devices such as I/O modules, encoders, motor drives, etc. or a custom device. In this way, the Network Interface is easily customized to represent all of the data an application produces or consumes via POWERLINK. In addition, all of the parameters defined in the POWERLINK object dictionary are available for access via SDO communications in the Asynchronous Phase of POWERLINK. The Network Interface also provides an embedded webserver so users can view network parameters and I/O data via customizable webserver content using the provision for communicating IP frames, also in the Asynchronous Phase of POWERLINK.

 

The RapID Platform POWERLINK Network Interface is available now as engineering samples. The fully certified production version will be available in June 2017. The Network Interface can be ordered with either a UART Host Interface (RapID-NI V2011) or with a parallel Host Interface (RapID-NI V2111).

 

Analog Devices; www.innovasic.com/industrial-networking-solutions and www.analog.com/en/applications/markets/process-control-and-industrial-automation.html

 

 

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