Benefits of FPGA technology for implementing Industrial Ethernet field devices
Industrial Ethernet protocols like PROFINET or EtherCAT are currently taking over the communication role in automation applications from fieldbuses. A modern approach when implementing Industrial Ethernete is based on FPGA technology. Here all the required hardware and software components are combined into just one component providing maximum implementation flexibility.
Softing’s White Paper gives an overview of the implementation aspects of an Industrial Ethernet device based on FPGA technology and discusses the advantages of using this solution in comparison to conventional approaches. The aspects of using FPGAs for implementing individual Industrial Ethernet protocols are presented as well.