ALTERA DELIVERS IP SUPPORT FOR ETHERNET PROTOCOLS.
Altera Corporation, San Jose San Jose, city, United States
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["More choices link motors and drives to controls", by L. Langnau. Power Transmission Design, vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 33-36]. III Interface, and Ethernet Powerlink ETHERNET Powerlink (EPL) is a deterministic real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. It is an open protocol managed by the ETHERNET Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG). It was introduced by Austrian automation company Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik in 2001. . Intellectual property (IP) cores for these key communications protocols can now be implemented on Altera's low-cost Cyclone(R) series FPGAs.
The Industrial Ethernet Industrial Ethernet is the name given to the use of the Ethernet protocol in an industrial environment, for automation and production machine control.
Until recently, a PLC (Programmable logic controller) would communicate with a slave machine using one of several possible IP cores enable designers to implement any of the standards on a single board. This not only reduces form factor but saves time. System OEMs can now add industry-standard networking capabilities to their automation products cost-effectively while retaining FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market. reprogrammable design flexibility in their systems.
Ethernet is gaining traction as the preferred factory network protocol because of its cost and performance benefits, hardware availability and ease of implementation. The worldwide market for industrial Ethernet is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR CAGR
See: Compound Annual Growth Rate ) of 51.4 percent over the next five years. The market totaled 840,000 units in 2004 and is forecasted to total just over 6.7 million units in 2009, according to according to
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"The big decision facing device manufacturers is, which of the popular protocols they should design into their products," said Michael Samuelian, director of Altera's industrial business unit. "The FPGA's design flexibility eliminates the 'protocol decision' and allows developers to support multiple protocols within a single product. Altera is the only company bringing together the leading IP partners and low-cost FPGA solutions for the industrial customer base."
To support Cyclone series FPGA-based industrial designs, IXXAT, one of Altera's IP partners, is offering an industrial Ethernet development kit. The kit consists of a Cyclone-based reference design and evaluation board, schematics and executables for the FPGA bitstream, including a protocol stack, MAC, TCP/IP stack, interface application and a host application program interface (API) in source code. For more information, go to: http://www.ixxat.com.
Industrial Ethernet solutions using Altera(R) Cyclone series FPGAs are immediately available.
Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
For more information, visit http://www.altera.com or call 408/544-6397.