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INTERCONNECTS Fully verified EtherCAT IP is free of upfront licensing fees Altera has announced the availability of a fully verified EtherCAT protocol IP for its FPGAs with no upfront licensing fees. This is the latest offering from the collaboration between Altera, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) and Softing Industrial Automation in Germany for a licensing structure that gives developers access to industrial Ethernet protocols with no upfront license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting or protracted negotiations, simplifying the integration of FPGA-based Industrial Ethernet designs. Altera’s Industrial Ethernet solutions implement both the protocol IP and software stack into an FPGA using programmable logic and a soft embedded processor. In this way, a single board with the same Altera FPGA can work with a range of protocols without hardware modifications. The same FPGA can also be used to implement various industrial automation functions, such as sensor interfaces, accelerators and custom control logic in addition to the communication function. Altera’s Industrial Networking Partner Program provides an ecosystem of established networking experts that enable customers to evaluate Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus solutions on a common FPGA-based platform. These partners provide IP, reference designs and design services that meet network communication and FPGA development needs. Altera provides an out-of-thebox Industrial Ethernet solution that includes no up-front license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting and no protracted negotiations. Customers simply download the entire EtherCAT protocol Fibre-optic cable secures data transmission whilst withstanding fire for 3 hours Huber+Suhner announces a key addition to its industry-leading Radox cable family with the introduction of a fibre optic cable designed to provide users across many industries with secure data transmission in a variety of hazardous environments and conditions. Radox fibre optic cables offer high temperature stability, high mechanical and abrasion resistance as well as industry leading fire performance and good fluid resistance. They maintain their form during short-term contact in high temperature conditions (eg. molten metal splashes or welding sparks) and feature good bend resistance at low temperatures. The cables are halogen free, generate low smoke and emit no corrosive acid and no toxic and corrosive gases. In the event of a fire the cable continues to transmit data for at least 180 minutes (fire test with circuit integrity, according to IEC 60331-25). The Radox brand was developed by the company using its own plastic materials where the material molecules are linked three-dimensionally by electron-beam cross-linking. These highly resilient fibre optic cables fulfill the optical transmission requirements of ISO/IEC 11801 and IEC 60764-3-12. They are also fully compliant to CEN/TS 45545-2 for fire safety in railway applications. Huber+Suhner www.hubersuhner.co.uk IP including the software stack from Softing. The protocol IP and reference designs are hardware tested on both the Altera Industrial Networking Kit (INK) the Softing FPGA RTEM Cyclone III kit. Altera www.altera.com/industrialethernet Ruggedized hybrid connector targets space sensitive and high vibration applications Souriau has released the JDX Hybrid (Mixed Power & Signal) connector family which is a new combination of power and signal being offered within one high density connector solution that minimizes component inventory, reduces complexity, saves space and installation costs. The new JDX Hybrid connector also offers a ruggedized and sealed IP68 solution for high vibration and shock applications. Having waterproof features combined with reliability and quality, the JDX interconnect system is ideal for both outdoor and indoor environments. The JDX mixed power and signal connector offers the ability to integrate 2 to 3 power contacts with 6 to 8 signal contacts in one connector housing. Available in brass or lightweight aluminium with a shell size of 2 and 3 versatile layouts. The JDX Hybrid connector can also be customized to provide a cost effective cable assembly solution to meet your application requirements. Souriau sealed and non-sealed connectors can be used in a variety of markets including instrumentation & measurement, industrial, mil-aero, broadcast entertainment, medical and telecommunications. Souriau www.souriau.com Bulkhead-mounted industrial connector housing ensures IP 67 protection Harting has introduced a bulkhead-mounted version of its Han B industrial connector housing providing improved protection against water ingress up to protection level IP 67. The new housing incorporates a special flange which prevents water from penetrating into the connector, offering ideal protection for the contact points in the housing interior. A circumferential collar also prevents the seal from sliding off inwards or outwards. The use of a stable seal offsets the effect of uneven sections and provides additional protection against water penetration. No extra costs are incurred when the IP 67 bulkhead-mounted housing is installed, as the cut-out corresponds to the dimensions of the existing Han housing portfolio. The new bulkhead-mounted housing is locked with the company’s Han-Easy Lock levers, which allow a high contact pressure level when closed and also provide optimal sealing between the hood and the bottom housing. Harting www.harting.com 26 Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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