Hilscher : Multiprotocol Chip Interface for Industrial Communication
The paradigm shift in embedded industrial designs from traditional Fieldbus to real-time Ethernet is regarded as transitional process. This typically derives from existing infrastructures and lifecycle management. One of the key reasons that real-time Ethernet has outpaced the traditional Fieldbus in factory automation is interoperability, which is perceived as a fundamental driver in industry evolution. Though, the desire for one common industrial standard from process down to field control has not been accomplished, rather different real-time Ethernet variants emerged to fulfill the individual needs of various segments and markets.