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Growth of CC-Link IE Field Basic


Growth of CC-Link IE Field Basic

An expanding range of compatible PLCs, HMIs, inverters, servos and remote I/O support CC-Link IE Field Basic (IEFB). Of particular interest is the launch of new IEFB development solutions by two key CLPA partners, Hilscher and Texas Instruments (TI).

The Hilscher solution is an extension of their netX platform for open automation networking. The options available include embedded modules that will make it easy for current Hilscher customers to add CC-Link IE or IEFB compatibility to existing products already using the netX platform. PC cards for both network types round out the picture, offering compatibility for industrial PC based systems. Christof Hunger, product manager at Hilscher, commented, “Hilscher is a long-time partner of the CLPA and we have offered CC-Link fieldbus options for many years. However, with the rising demand for Ethernet based systems and the continuing growth of the CC-Link IE installed base, we knew it was time to offer our extensive global customer base the option to add CC-Link IE and IEFB to their products too. We expect these new products to become a successful part of our general offering with strong sales growth expected.

In addition, TI offers a reference design to assist in the design of a CC-Link IE Field Basic master and slave based on its Sitara processor portfolio. Companies worldwide are using Sitara processors for embedded development in industrial automation applications. TI’s processors offer a variety of options for developing IEFB products. Since the processors are based on Arm Cortex-A cores, in addition to the multi-protocol PRU-ICSS engine, they can help handle control as well as networking tasks with minimum cost and complexity. Ellen Kou, product manager at TI, commented, “Since the rise of Ethernet in the automation space, TI has sought to be a provider of leading-edge processors and industrial communication expertise to automation equipment manufacturers by leveraging the power and flexibility of our Sitara processor and complementary analogue portfolios and system insight. CC-Link IE Field Basic is an exciting networking protocol for the future of industrial automation and we are looking forward to working with the CLPA to increase its installed base across many different device types.

John Wozniak, P.E.; manager for the CLPA in the Americas, says, “CC-Link IE is the technology leader for industrial Ethernet and Industry 4.0 by virtue of its unique gigabit bandwidth. CC-Link IE Field Basic extends the core functionality of CC-Link IE to 100Mbit devices. We can see that the market is responding to the possibilities this represents by the continued double digit growth in our global installed base, currently approaching 20 million devices."


Photo: TI offers a reference design to assist in the design of a CC-Link IE Field Basic master and slave based on its Sitara processor portfolio.


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