HMS's Anybus CompactCom 40-series Now on Microsemi's SmartFusion2 FPGA platform

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 22, 2016

ALISO VIEJO, CA: HMS Industrial Networks, supplier of communication technology for industrial automation recently launched HMS’s Anybus CompactCom; a 40-series product for industrial Ethernet solutions based on Microsemi's SmartFusion 2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) device.

The solution lowers total cost of ownership and accelerates time-to-market with low power consumption, also uses secured industrial Ethernet protocol conversion solutions on a single SmartFusion2 FPGA platform. 

"The high value of our technology is demonstrated by the increased adoption of SmartFusion2 with partners and customers seeking to contain their total cost of ownership by implementing, for example, support for multiple industrial Ethernet standards on one FPGA platform with unique security features," says Jason Chiang, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsemi.

The series are specially designed for factory automation applications like programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motor drives, motion drive control, safety modules and other industrial applications. HMS products are available as chip, brick and module product offering; and avoid designing ASSP/ASIC-specific boards for each industrial Ethernet standard.

The highly secure SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA offers layered hardware and software solutions that protect the IP, platform, manufacturing flow and data layer according to the customer’s needs. The low power FPGA architecture makes the device suitable for use with compact solutions such as the Anybus CompactCom 40-series products from HMS. Microsemi offers Ethernet switches and PHYs, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) integrated circuits (ICs) and midspan products to complement HMS's industrial Ethernet solutions, enabling customers to connect the industrial Ethernet boards to larger networks.

HMS Industrial Networks’ internal analysis reports that industrial Ethernet is growing at a rate of 17 percent per annum, more than double when compared to serial fieldbus protocols; inspiring HMS and Microsemi to continue catering to the client requirements.