Ethernet has long been the de facto protocol that controls how data is transmitted in local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), and its benefits are well understood in the enterprise business world – interoperable, redundant, flexible, scalable, fast and cost-effective. Over the past few decades, Ethernet has evolved significantly and is quickly making its way into industrial applications.
The use of Ethernet for industrial automation applications is on the rise and is rapidly displacing traditional Fieldbus protocols that are more complex, often proprietary and have limited distance and performance. In fact, Industrial Ethernet is now bigger than traditional Fieldbus and growing at an annual rate nearly four times that of Fieldbuses.
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