Networking: Ethernet stars in network growth

By Control Engineering Staff January 25, 2007

Growth in the world market for industrial networking is being driven by a substantial increase in the use of Ethernet-based technologies, according to a new report from IMS Research. Four product groups were analyzed in detail for the report; PLCs, operator terminals, variable speed drives and motion controllers. Of these, variable speed drives are predicted to experience the highest growth of use within industrial networks.

The report predicts average annual growth in installed Ethernet nodes of 13% in the next 5 years in terms of nodes installed. Over the same period Ethernet-based protocols are forecast to grow at the substantially higher annual rate of 20.3%.

Of the three market regions covered in the report, Asia-Pacific is expected to experience even higher growth in the use of Ethernet. However, Ethernet does not meet the requirements of all users, and the more traditional fieldbus technologies will continue to prosper.

IMS Research is a specialist supplier of market research and consultancy services on global electronics markets. Information from IMS Research is used by major companies worldwide to assess market trends, solve marketing problems, and improve the efficiency of their businesses. IMS Research is an international market research company serving more than 35 countries. The company regularly publishes detailed research on automation and industrial control markets, including PLCs, HMIs, industrial PCs, machine vision, Ethernet, and fieldbuses.

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—Edited by C.G. Masi , Senior Editor