New Solutions Designed to Lower the Cost and Speed Development of CC-Link Compatible Products

  New Solutions Designed to Lower the Cost and Speed Development of CC-Link
  Compatible Products

CC-Link is the largest open industrial communications network in Asia and one
of the top industrial networks in the world, opening the door to new revenues
                  for field device and other automation OEMs

Business Wire

VERNON HILLS, Ill. -- January 7, 2013

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced today new product solutions
in cooperation with Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altima Corporation
that are designed to lower the cost and to speed development of CC-Link
compatible field devices, including solutions for the 1 GB Industrial Ethernet
CC-Link IE Field Network.

Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed the R-IN32M3 series of
Industrial Ethernet communication chips with support for multiple
communication protocols. These application specific standard ICs (ASSPs)
provide high-speed operation with the basic function of the real-time OS in
hardware to implement high-speed real-time response and high-precision
communication control for Industrial Ethernet communication.

The R-IN32M3-CL with CC-Link IE Field network integrates a slave controller
supporting CC-Link IE Field as a circuit. It also features an ARM Cortex-M3
(100 MHz) 32-bit RISC CPU, a media access control (MAC) with low-latency
2-port switch function required by industrial Ethernet protocols, and large
on-chip memory. Samples of the R-IN32M3-CL for CC-Link IE Field are planned to
be available later in January.

Another solution to implement CC-Link IE Field compatibility is being
introduced by Altima Corporation through the use of its intellectual property
(IP) core for CC-Link IE Field. This IP core is designed to be implemented
into field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) manufactured by Altera Corporation
in the USA. Altera FPGAs are widely utilized in the industrial equipment
field. This Altima IP core is the equivalent of the CP220 CC-Link IE Field
intelligent device station ASIC. It supports both cyclic and transient data
exchange. Developers can now integrate this Altima IP and their own design IP
into a single Altera FPGA to produce unique products with CC-Link IE Field
networking compatibility. Altima plans to begin selling the IP core in March.

CC-Link IE Field Network offers manufacturers and users improved data flow,
easier implementation, and lowest total cost of ownership as compared to older
and slower Industrial Ethernet solutions. In addition, automation equipment
manufacturers, including field device companies, can easily incorporate
CC-Link IE compatibility into their products for improved sales opportunities
not only in North America, but also in Asia and Europe.

CC-Link IE Field Network, which is based on the IEEE 802.3 standard, provides
the ultrahigh speed data acquisition backbone for manufacturing process
improvement, process and part traceability, equipment control and monitoring,
and failure detection. CC-Link IE Field Network benefits operations by
simultaneously transmitting control data, log data, and diagnostic data at
high speed. Features of the CC-Link IE Field Network include:

  *Ultrahigh speed – 1GBPS
  *Inherent determinism without Ethernet switches
  *Flexible topology
  *Seamless communication
  *Built-in diagnostics
  *Motion control
  *Safety systems

Introduced in 2000 as an open fieldbus network, the original CC-Link enabled
the high-speed transmission and processing of control and information data to
satisfy the requirements of automation control systems. These requirements
include: reduced wiring costs, deterministic control, and provision for
multi-vendor devices to communicate for coordinated automation systems. In
2007, the CC-Link IE Control Network was introduced to enable 1 GB Industrial
Ethernet communications between automation controllers over fiber optic cable.
Now, CC-Link IE Field networking provides 1 GB Industrial Ethernet
communications to field devices over Cat5E cable.

More than 9 million CC-Link/CC-Link IE compatible products, manufactured by
hundreds of automation equipment suppliers, have been installed. There
currently are more than 1740 CLPA members (more than 70 percent of those are
from areas outside of Japan). CC-Link networking is installed in numerous
industries throughout the world. These include automobile manufacturing,
semiconductor/liquid crystal factories, chemical facilities, water processing
facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing, printing
facilities, building automation, and many others. CC-Link usage is greatest in
Asia and offers new potential sales for North American OEMs and equipment
suppliers that develop CC-Link products. In recent years, the number of
CC-Link installations in the United States and Europe has increased steadily.

Open CC-Link networking technology is managed by the CC-Link Partner
Association, which has offices in the USA, UK, Germany, Japan, China, Korea,
Taiwan, and Singapore. Manufacturers, OEMs, and device developers interested
in learning more about the new faster time to market solutions from Renesas
Electronics Corporation and Altima Corp. should call Chuck Lukasik, Director
of CLPA-Americas, at 847-478-2341 or email info@cclinkamerica.org or visit
www.cclinkamerica.org.

About CLPA
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organization with
more than 1740 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is
the global technical development and adoption of the family of CC-Link open
network technologies. More than 1,200 certified CC-Link/CC-Link IE products
are now available from hundreds of automation equipment manufacturers. CC-Link
is the leading industrial network in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular
in the Americas and Europe. The Americas headquarters is in Vernon Hills,
Illinois. Other CLPA offices are located in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan,
Singapore, Germany, and the UK. www.cclinkamerica.org

Contact:

CLPA
Charles Lukasik, 847-478-2341