Real-Time Ethernet - Industry Prospective

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Executive Summary

After more than ten years of experience with applications of fieldbus in automation technology, the industry has started to develop and adopt Real-Time Ethernet (RTE) solutions. There already exists now more than ten proposed solutions. International Electrotechnical Commission standards are trying to give a guideline and selection criteria based on recognized indicators for the user. International fieldbus standardization has always been a difficult endeavor. After a timely start in 1985 and a few enthusiastic years of development, the quest for the one and only comprehensive international fieldbus gradually became entangled in a web of company politics and marketing interests.

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