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Download your protocol of choice

14 October 2014

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

Anybus CompactCom for Common Ethernet is 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.

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 standardised way.

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.

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.

Built on the award-winning NP40 network processor, the Anybus CompactCom 40-series is designed to meet the demands of high-performance industrial Ethernet applications and therefore enables fast communication between the host device and the chosen network – 1500 bytes of process data in each direction. The 40-series comes in chip, brick and module formats which enables customers to select the right level if integration without the need for customisation.