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Cable into the Future: Industrial Ethernet with 10 Gbps

Cable into the Future: Industrial Ethernet with 10 Gbps

Today's machines and plants generally communicate using Ethernet with 100 megabits per second (Mbps). However, many applications, such as cameras for quality inspection, servers to document quality data and scanners that identify components, demand higher data rates. Frequently, communications also must be established with the factory control system. While data transmission rates of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are standard, 10 Gbps will be necessary in the near future (Fig. 1). Classic fieldbuses and generic cabling can no longer meet the requirements of these networks. Automation-related applications are subject to the same demanding environmental conditions as fieldbus communication. To reliably transmit data in this environment, the components must be able to cope with the mechanical effects as well as the high electromagnetic load.

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