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DeviceNet interface modules in different form factors

At the SPS/IPC/Drives 2012, HMS Industrial Networks (Schweden) presents the expanded Anybus CompactCom module series. The DeviceNet-capable devices are available in multiple form factors as chips, bricks and modules.

THE OFFERING GIVES USERS THE POSSIBILITY to choose their level of integration to the host device and the desired performance level. Further communication interfaces include major field-bus and industrial Ethernet networks. The offered CompactCom Chip provides a network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user’s PCB (printed circuit board) design.
The Brick form factor is suited for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors. The module variant is a complete and interchangeable communication solution giving the fastest time to market. The interchangeability of the Anybus family allows embedding a CompactCom module into an automation device and later re-using the same software implementation for a brick or chip solution.
The CompactCom 30-series (based on the NP30 network processor) is already installed in more than two million devices around the world and is tailored for users needing a solution for general automation such as general purpose drives, weight scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc.
The introduced CompactCom 40-series is based on the NP40 network processor and caters for high-performance industrial communication for demanding applications. Since the series offers ”zero delay” between the device and the network, it is suited for applications with fast network cycles and synchronization demands such as servo drive systems. The series uses a reprogrammable CompactCom hardware to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network. The CompactCom 40-series will be previewed at the automation exhibition and released during 2013 and 2014. “We believe that the new 40-series technology with a combination of a faster processor and an FPGA area will provide a future-proof platform,” says Jörgen Palmhager, Chief Operating Officer at HMS. “It gives users the best of both worlds. They get the speed and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware.”

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