Anybus NP40 network processor rated best in class by Frost & Sullivan

11 June 2013

Frost & Sullivan has presented HMS Industrial Networks with the 2013 European Industrial Communication Processors New Product Innovation Award in recognition of its new network processor, the Anybus NP40.

High functionality, flexibility and easy integration were some of the features acknowledged by the research team at Frost & Sullivan.

The Anybus NP40 is the new network processor from HMS Industrial Networks and is the core component in the upcoming Anybus CompactCom 40-series.

Anybus CompactCom is a line of communication interfaces in chip, brick or module formats, which are embedded into industrial devices to enable communication with an industrial network.

The Anybus CompactCom 40-series, based on the Anybus NP40 network processor, supports all major industrial networks but is said to be especially suitable for high-end industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications. The processor promises practically ‘zero delay’ between the device and the network and is suitable for high-performance applications with fast network cycles and synchronisation demands such as servo drive systems.

The Anybus NP40 processor allows the same CompactCom hardware to be used, to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network.

After a benchmark of the available industrial communication processors on the market, Frost & Sullivan has deemed the Anybus NP40 to be the best available industrial communication processor. Frost & Sullivan research snalyst, Emil Lazarski, said: “Features such as an innovative design and high functionality, combined with the ability to support various industrial networks in a user-friendly and cost-effective manner, make these chips very attractive to diverse end users, such as equipment manufacturers who will have the possibility to offer universal communication interfaces to their customers. In addition, compared to competing alternatives, all solutions based on the NP40 can gain from having a highly integrated design and being more compact. This is beneficial for customers because they can easily integrate HMS Industrial Networks´ solution into their final product with a minimal physical footprint.”

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