Semiconductor firm backs EtherCAT

Renesas Technology has joined the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG), an engineering forum whose aim is to advance the EtherCAT network standard by encouraging its adoption and managing specification development.

Originally introduced by Beckhoff, EtherCAT is an Ethernet-based fieldbus standard designed for real-time industrial control and automation applications. It is said to overcome the process cycle time limitations of Ethernet by processing the frames on the fly rather than interpreting, copying and processing data at each connection.

Renesas Technology is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for the industrial inverter market. By joining the ETG,it will have the opportunity to participate in working groups and, along with other members, have an influence on the future enhancements of the EtherCAT technology specifications.

"We are happy that Renesas is thinking of adding EtherCAT functionality to its product portfolio," said Martin Rostan, Executive Director of ETG. "Renesas' involvement in the EtherCAT Technology Group will further strengthen EtherCAT's position as the leading industrial Ethernet solution for motion control and beyond."

Founded in November 2003, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has over 900 members from 45 countries.

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