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EtherNet/IP nodes take 25% of market share

03 January 2017

According to figures from IHS Markit, an international analyst firm, EtherNet/IP represents the largest number of new nodes shipped of industrial Ethernet networks in 2015, at nearly 25% share of market.

EtherNet/IP adapts the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) to Ethernet technology and standards, as defined by the IEEE 802.3 specifications, and TCP/IP as defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force. EtherNet/IP allows users to benefit from on-going improvements in performance-to-cost ratios possible with commercial-off-the-shelf-technology (COTS), as well as enhancements to the demanding capabilities required for some applications in industrial automation such as high availability, hardened physical media and time-synchronised control.  
 
“A primary reason for the growth of EtherNet/IP has been its strong support by industry as the industrial Ethernet technology that brings the benefits of standard Ethernet and Internet technologies to industrial automation,” said Katherine Voss, president of ODVA. “As a result, EtherNet/IP has become dominant simultaneously on two fronts  first in classical applications in industrial automation where EtherNet/IP provides a comprehensive suite of distinctive services for applications across discrete, hybrid and process automation  and second as the successor to simple Ethernet networks using TCP/IP.”
 
“Transition to industrial Ethernet is accelerating and EtherNet/IP accounted for approximately 25% of all new Ethernet nodes shipped in 2015,” said Alex West, analyst at IHS Markit. “The growth trend for EtherNet/IP is expected to continue.”


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