Long-reach industrial ethernet offerings achieve last mile connectivity

05-07-2021 | Analog Devices | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Analog Devices has increased its ADI Chronous Industrial Ethernet portfolio with solutions that bring long-reach Ethernet connectivity from the edge to the cloud and facilitate real-time configurability, lower energy consumption, and raised asset utilisation. The new support the 10BASE-T1L physical layer Ethernet standard enabling new data streams from edge nodes in remote and hazardous areas across process and building facilities. This earlier unavailable data can now be seamlessly accessed over the network and utilised to assess factors such as raw material usage, asset health, and process parameters enabling cleaner manufacturing.

“Many process plants and buildings are struggling with constant manual local intervention required by service personnel and limited ability to optimise assets at an enterprise level,” said Mark Barry, general manager of Automation and Energy at Analog Devices. “By providing long-reach Industrial Ethernet solutions that adhere to the 10BASE-T1L Ethernet standard, we’re making it possible for our customers to achieve reliable communications over much longer distances, covering the last mile in connectivity. This truly enables the benefits of digitalisation through seamless access to edge data and improved control of remote assets.”

The newest offerings allow customers to lessen energy consumption in buildings and their overall carbon footprint by improved control of building parameters. The ADI Chronous ADIN1100 and ADIN1110 Industrial Ethernet solutions are able to transfer data over 1.7km or more than a mile (a significant increase from earlier Ethernet standards) through a single twisted pair of Ethernet cables, which assists in reducing weight, space, and cost. These cables are lighter and more malleable than conventional Ethernet cables and can support the reuse of existing cabling infrastructure, decreasing commissioning cost and complexity.

The new Industrial Ethernet solutions are provided in two flexible options: MAC PHY and PHY. The MAC PHY (ADIN1110) allows the industry’s lowest power systems, which simplifies retrofitting for Ethernet in field sensors or actuators and preserves current investment in software and processor technology. The PHY (ADIN1100) gives standard Ethernet interfaces and supports more complex designs such as field switch developments or building controllers.

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