White Paper: Gigabit Industrial Ethernet for Today’s Controller Networks

A new Ethernet controller network, CC-Link IE, has been provided to the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) by Mitsubishi Electric. CLPA states that this controller network is the first phase of its plan to provide open solutions encompassing the full range of industrial Ethernet networks from the field level to the enterprise level.

Automation networks have trended toward ownership by multi-vendor consortiums and also towards using IT networks (especially Ethernet) as a source of technology. Mitsubishi has followed this model through its sup-port of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA). The company donated technology to this consortium and is a founding member. Until now the CLPA has dealt with the lower-level sensor and device networks.

With the support of Mitsubishi, CC-Link has grown to become the leading fieldbus in Asia and one of the largest globally when measured by installed base. In 2007, the CLPA announced a new and powerful controller level industrial network, named CC-Link IE. This open-technology network, based on fiber optic 1GB Ethernet, will be managed by the CLPA along with the existing CC-Link fieldbus. The performance and scalability advantages of this new network are now available to all CLPA members.

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by the ARC Advisory Group

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