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Optimisation fuels uptake

ASSPs set to drive Ethernet adoption in industrial markets. By Richard Woerner.

Driven by its success as the de facto standard in the information technology industry as well as by its continual evolution to meet new needs, Ethernet has been widely implemented in industrial applications – especially factory automation, where its ability to enhance plant communications and management has been key.

Demand for industrial networking and connectivity has seen the Ethernet market in that sector grow at rate of around 60% a year between 2000 and 2002. The market is predicted to grow by 84% from now until 2007, according to the ARC Advisory Group.

Industrial designers are now coming under increasing pressure to deliver optimised device level Ethernet connectivity solutions that not only reduce component count, but also time to market and cost. The latest asic and assp technologies can help designers to achieve these goals by delivering optimised solutions, where the level of integration is accurately matched to application requirements.

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