Open communications, plug-and-play integrationThe new Anybus CompactCom concept from HMS Industrial Networks provides device manufacturers with full solution flexibility for all major fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet applications, including high performance, real-time, synchronisation, and multiple form factors.
Anybus is a range of embedded communication solutions that provide devices with connectivity to any industrial network. CompactCom provides a choice for the level of level of integration: Chip, Brick or Module:
Regardless of form factor, users still have the interchangeability of Anybus. For example, it is possible to embed a CompactCom module into an automation device and later re-use the same software implementation for a CompactCom Brick or Chip solution. This means a minimum of development efforts for the user.
CompactCom provides a choice of performance level. The Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the NP30 network processor) is tailored for users needing a solution for general automation such as general purpose drives, weigh scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs, etc. The new CompactCom 40-series, based on the new NP40 network processor, caters mainly for high-performance industrial communication for demanding applications. CompactCom 40-series supports all major industrial networks and therefore is especially suitable for high-end industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications and its speed of signal processing provides zero delay in communications between the device and the network, making it ideal for high-performance applications with fast network cycles and synchronisation demands such as servo drive systems.
Like all Anybus CompactCom solutions, the 40-series gives users access to all types of industrial networks such as traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet through one single development project. The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses reprogrammable CompactCom hardware to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network.
"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 Industrial Networks. "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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