Because of increasing demand by the automotive industry, Phoenix Contact has chosen PROFInet as its preferred Ethernet solution for Interbus. Interbus technology, a classification of high-speed I/O devices, is joining with PROFInet technology to create a faster, consolidated Ethernet platform. The combined technology will be used in gateways, proxies, control systems, I/O modules, and in developing engineering tools. PROFInet is expected to be the modern standard for distributed automation standards. For more information on PROFInet, go to http://us.profibus.com/profinet.
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