Powerlink specification V.1.1.0 integrates new features; contest for Euro students

Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) has released the new Powerlink specification V.1.1.0. Separately, the registration deadline for an EPSG contest for European college students is Feb. 28.


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Key specification improvements include the complete integration of high availability functionality and a greater bandwidth for the asynchronous phase, EPSG says. Until now, users had implemented high availability Powerlink networks by modifying the protocol's address management through in-house developments, allowing for on-the-fly address changes to redundant control systems. The 1.1.0 version now supports the integration of redundant managing nodes (RMN) by default.
Moreover, the current specification extends the asynchronous phase. This part of the Powerlink cycle serves to transfer non-time-critical data, as opposed to the isochronous phase, which is used for time-critical process data transfer and

European Industrial Ethernet Award

Announcing the European Industrial Ethernet Award, the company B&R invites students to participate in the first pan-European university competition of its kind.
B&R calls for innovative concepts, creative solutions, practice-oriented application suggestions and promising scientific research projects from all technical disciplines. The only requirement is use of Powerlink
Contest schedule

Oct 1st, 2008, Call for registration
Feb 28th, 2009, New registration deadline
April 30th, 2009, Draft version
May 30th 2009, Final Release
Further information is available from:
Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group that, the open source license model (BSD license) allows for unlimited adaptation and use of the software in user applications. Thereby, applications with high requirements on timing precision and dynamic reactions can be easily and cost-efficiently realized.  B&R Industrial Automation Corp .,

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