Belden contributes to IEEE Standardisation

26 February 2013

Belden's experts join IEEE 802.1 Working Group to standardise Ethernet worldwide

The goal, as explained by Andreas Dreher, strategic technology manager for the company’s Industrial division, is to advance deterministic behavior so that data can be transmitted in an extremely short – and above all guaranteed – time, to suit even the most demanding applications. As examples, he cites time-critical applications in machine control and drive technology, safety controls in trains or other vehicles and protective equipment in power generation systems. Adoption of an open IEEE standard is planned for 2016, after which it would be integrated into switches in the Hirschmann product range. 

Ethernet is not intrinsically a deterministic process. It is certainly possible to specify an average time by which a message should reach its recipient, and with appropriate prioritization it should be possible to comply with this. But “principle-related events” such as memory queues in the switches, temporary overloads or short-term high data volumes may lead to waiting times or even packet loss. “In most cases that will not be a problem, but it could be disastrous for a demanding application,” explains Dreher.

In his view, the new deterministic approach offers users a number of advantages, because a universal, open, worldwide standard for all time-critical applications would considerably increase the acceptance of Ethernet, leading to a far larger product range than for the previously used application-specific protocols. “It would also guarantee product interoperability, and eventually the higher numbers would lead to lower prices,” Dreher is convinced.

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