Roland Bent, senior VP of Phoenix Contact (www.phoenixcontact.com)—the company that created Interbus and, for many years, was the fiercest rival of Siemens-backed Profibus—says his company will now "direct its efforts consistently towards Profinet technologies, and work in close cooperation with PNO and its member companies to further develop this technology." Why the drastic change? He says the German automotive industry association VDA has asked control manufacturers to "develop a standard-ized Ethernet-based solution," and by integrating Interbus into Profinet, the two standard fieldbus systems (Interbus and Profibus) will be "consolidated into one Ethernet platform."
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based collaboration environment for engineers.
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
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