B&R and the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) have entered into a partnership with Altera to significantly increase interest and improve cost-effectiveness for Industrial Ethernet solutions.
Based on the POWERLINK protocol standard, the partnership enables use of this technology even with low-cost sensors.
According to Stefan Schönegger, Manager of B&R's business unit for Open Automation, their FPGA-based POWERLINK solution is an attractive proposition for component manufacturers and their partnership with Altera would enable them to price POWERLINK solutions very low, establishing a clear advantage over conventional ASIC solutions with respect to overall costs.
The Cyclone IV offers advantages such as extremely compact design, up to 25% lower power consumption over its predecessor and easy integration into manufacturing processes.
Michael Samuelian, director of the industrial and automotive business units at Altera says that the combination of POWERLINK and Altera’s Cyclone IV FPGAs provides automation component manufacturers an easy-to-use and cost-optimised real-time Industrial Ethernet solution as a true alternative to proprietary ASIC-based solutions.
In addition to POWERLINK running on Terasic’s CIV E Industrial Networking Kit (INK), designers can evaluate and support other Industrial Ethernet standards on the same hardware platform.
He adds that the multi-standard Ethernet on a common platform approach will help designers lower their total cost of ownership as fewer designs will be required.
DAANET is the Australian distributor for B&R Automation, Hirschmann Industrial Ethernet and IDEM Safety Switches.