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Advantech, Innovasic Partner for Profinet Coupler

Automation solutions vendor Advantech ( has selected the Innovasic fido1100 System on a Chip (SoC) from Innovasic Semiconductor ( to provide Profinet connectivity in Advantech's new APAX-5071 Profinet Communication Coupler.

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Tiger Yeh, director of Advantech Industrial Automation Group, said "Innovasic’s platform provided the means for us to quickly add Profinet connectivity to our APAX product line. Having previously selected Innovasic’s solution for the EtherNet/IP version of our APAX coupler, we were able to quickly produce a Profinet version with no changes to the hardware."

Jordon Woods, Innovasic chief techology officer, said, "Innovasic’s fido1100-based Industrial Ethernet platforms enable Industrial Ethernet communications quickly and cost-effectively. By utilizing these platforms, customers are spared the burden of understanding the implementation of these communication protocols, allowing them instead to focus on their differentiating applications thus reducing time to market."

Innovasic Semiconductor provides extended life semiconductor solutions for customers who have products with long life-cycles, said Woods. The company’s processors, communication controllers and mixed signal devices are components in many industrial automation, transportation, instrumentation, and medical devices.

Renee Robbins Bassett,, is Managing Editor of Automation World. 

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