PI views the announcement by KW-Software who is introducing a cost-effective PROFINET solution on the basis of a Standard Ethernet Controller that includes isochronous real-time communication (IRT) as a major step for the further growth of PROFINET. Up to now, only defined ASICs or FPGAs provided this accuracy and precision. Now users will receive the same performance also with a standard Ethernet component.
PROFINET is the leading Industrial Ethernet Standard for all industries. Whether the application involves factory automation, process automation or drives with or without functional safety, PROFINET is the first choice across the board. PROFINET is supported by most vendors world-wide and hundreds of devices are available. PI welcomes the solution with a Standard Ethernet Controller from Intel as an easy way to implement PROFINET Controllers and expects further products especially for PC based platforms.
“The market launch of the PROFINET solution on a Standard Ethernet Controller like the one of Intel is an important step towards high-performance solutions,” affirmed Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI). “When technology suppliers offer easy-to-integrate solutions in the form of ASICs, network controllers, or FPGAs, device manufacturers can use these in turn to offer new solutions for customer requirements. The KW Software’s solution rounds out the technology portfolio. It has always been possible to integrate PROFINET with RT communication on standard Ethernet controllers. From now this is also possible for IRT. This means that device manufacturers now have scalable and suitable options for integrating PROFINET in their devices and controllers. This also demonstrates the openness and market acceptance of PROFINET.”
For users, it means there is a broad palette of optimal controllers and devices to choose from.