Fieldbus Foundation updates test kit for high-speed Ethernet


Fieldbus Foundation released its High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Conformance Test Kit 2.0 (HCTK 2.0). The new test kit version provides enhanced capabilities for development and testing of FOUNDATION Class 42c HSE field and linking devices.

HCTK 2.0 is a complete package that allows users to ensure a manufacturer's stack conforms to the official HSE registration testing completed by the Fieldbus Foundation. The test kit verifies the correct communication behavior of an HSE device as defined in the HSE specifications. It advances compliance testing of HSE devices from the Class 42a-2 profile (supporting configuration of H1 devices from HSE) to the Class 42c profile (allowing automatic exchange of function block parameters between H1 ports, and between H1 and HSE), and includes additional test cases for testing device compliance with the extended Class 42c HSE protocol. The new version features a Bridge Function Tester that includes hardware and software for testing bridging capabilities between two H1 fieldbus links through an HSE linking device. The H1-H1 Bridge provides synchronous communication between different H1 links and maintains the periodic (isochronous) communication between the measurement and final element. The 42C linking device enhances interoperability, establishing peer-to-peer communication across individual segments.

For more information, contact Fieldbus Foundation via email.

-- Edited by Charlie Masi ,
senior editor , Control Engineering

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