Winsystems has launched its inaugural line of Ethernet switches developed specifically for industrial networking environments. The NET-429 technology delivers reliable performance under operating temperatures of -40ºC to +85ºC. As IEEE 802.3at PoE-powered devices, these units can be deployed with minimal wiring for power.
Prioritization of Critical Data
“Designers of embedded systems and Industrial IoT solutions must prioritize time-critical data over their networks, but they’ve been hampered by multiple, competing protocols,” says Jack Smith, Winsystems director of product development and engineering. “Our new NET-429 technology increases the interoperability of their existing networks by taking advantage of the latest developments in IEEE 802.1 Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Audio Video Bridging (AVB), coupled with proper Quality of Service (QoS) implementation.”
The switches also support the IEEE 1588v2 one-step Precision Time Protocol (PTP), ensuring critical data is always available on time, optimized and in-sync. System engineers can prioritize their data regardless of multiple or proprietary Ethernet protocols using the same network.
Flexibility and Cost Savings
Redundant wide-range power inputs offer abundant flexibility and significant cost savings in implementation. The PoE Power Device support precludes having to install power at the data source or other places where it is not practical to drop in power.
“Our product development and engineering teams have long anticipated the disruptive impact accompanying the release of the TSN standard and the lack of suitable switches,” Smith explains. “So, we intentionally produced our first rugged switches to support clients in meeting their industrial networking requirements. And, of course, they work seamlessly with our industrial embedded computers to help customers develop complete industrial networking solutions.”
Designed for the Harsh Factory Floor
The NET-429 was designed for industrial controls within harsh factory-floor environments subject to extreme operating temperatures, shock, vibration, etc. It is also ideal for networking within smart buildings, and the medical, transportation and energy markets.