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AVnu Alliance launches support for industrial market

Group creates capability for standard Ethernet to meet needs of industrial market while "embracing future promise of IoT"

AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, announces a new industrial market segment today. Standard Ethernet continues to expand its range, functionality and applications with the evolution of the Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standard into Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). The new capabilities of TSN provide the Industrial community with the ability “to use standard Ethernet to support highly reliable and precise synchronised networking appropriate for industrial control”, claims the Alliance.

In a press release issued this afternoon, AVnu explains its plans for the move:

With the expansion into the Industrial Control market, AVnu Alliance announces three new members, Belden, with its Hirschmann, Tofino Security, GarrettCom and Lumberg Automation brands, is the global leader for mission-critical industrial network infrastructure; General Electric, global leaders in creating an electrical infrastructure with advanced technologies to safely and reliably distribute, protect and control electricity; and National Instruments, a leading test, measurement and embedded systems provider for engineers and scientists. These companies, as leaders in the industrial, automation and IT infrastructure space, are driving forces in the recent expansion, working within the Alliance to develop the foundational elements needed for industrial applications, based on the common elements of AVB/TSN. The industrial segment is also supported by existing AVnu Alliance members such as Broadcom, Cisco, Intel, Interval Zero, Marvell, Micrel, Vitesse, Xilinx and XMOS.

“It is incredibly important for GE to support and stay up to date on the evolving open standards in the industrial control market. Since AVnu Alliance is the only community consortium driving the expansion of AVB and TSN standards, we are excited to join and offer our expertise to the efforts,” said John Garrity, product line leader for General Electric Intelligent Platforms. “AVnu certification will ensure interoperability across multi-vendor solutions and our continued contribution to the TSN standards will help us deliver the next generation of reliable networked products to our customers.

“Our work with TSN better enables our customers to easily and rapidly create innovative next generation control systems transmitting real time traffic.”

“IEEE and AVnu Alliance’s work to bring open standards to industrial applications provides a great venue to amplify Belden’s long history of standards work, and we recognize the immense value open standards offer to our customers,” said Andreas Dreher, strategic technology manager at Belden. “TSN technology shows promise to be the core technology for high-end industrial Ethernet communications in the future, solving challenges faced by our customers in demanding, high-performance and high-precision industries, like motion control, robotics and high-speed manufacturing.”

“TSN promises through standard silicon to converge the previously disparate technologies needed for standard Ethernet communication, for deterministic high speed data transfer, and for high accuracy time synchronisation. These developments will create a common foundation that will impact numerous applications and markets ranging from machine control and asset monitoring to test cells and vehicle control,” said Mike Santori, vice president, product marketing, National Instruments.

The Alliance has previously announced support for TSN in automotive applications such as drive-by-wire and autonomous driving. The industrial market, which parallels work that Alliance members have been doing in the automotive segment, is “a $150 billion a year market space and creates a pathway to the future of IoT”, claims the Alliance.