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Advanced Physical Layer (APL)

The launch of Ethernet-APL (Advanced Physical Layer according to IEEE 802.3cg) opens up new possibilities for the process industry.

The process devices can communicate robustly with high data rates on existing 2-wire lines, even in explosion-proof areas. They are supplied with voltage via the communication line using PoDL (Power over Dataline). They are fully integrated into the Ethernet topology of the overall system.

Ethernet-APL thus enables the consistent use of established Ethernet protocols (non-safe and safe) from the sensor to the controller. This has considerable advantages in terms of device installation, configuration and maintenance. In addition, safety protocols such as PROFINET / PROFIsafe or EtherCAT / FSoE can be used for safety-related tasks in the field devices.

Your benefit

  • Proof-of-concept with  use of MESCO APL evaluation boards
  • MESCO Design Packages for easy implementation of the Ethernet APL interfaces
  • Simple integration of multi-protocol solutions on common Ethernet-APL hardware
  • MESCO design know-how in the field of measurement technology, Ethernet communication, functional safety and explosion protection

MESCO Ethernet-APL Evaluation Board with a wide range of uses and analysis options

 

Development platform for safe field devices
 

Our services at a glance

MESCO Services for Ethernet-APL
  • Technology consulting and preparation of specifications
  • Proven hardware and software design for Ethernet-APL interfaces with PROFINET, EtherCAT communication
  • Development of low-power interfaces, PoDL power supplies and explosion proof concepts
  • Multiprotocol Ethernet solutions
  • Support for protocol compliance testing
  • Implementation of safety protocols such as PROFIsafe and FSoE, IEC 61784
  • Support with safety certification by TÜV or IFA
Further MESCO Services
  • Concept
  • Hardware and software development
  • Prototyping
  • Support in the certification

 


 

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