Embedding intelligence is maturing. Yet, today 98% of Ethernet switches are still stand-alone units. This physical separation clearly differentiates between communication tasks and application processes; nonetheless, the increasing requirements to reduce cost and save space are swinging the momentum towards embedded switching in automation components for industrial machines.
Embedded managed Ethernet boards provide the mechanism for rapid deployment of Ethernet-enabled devices. Ethernet boards are virtually “drop-in” technology. Automation component manufacturers concentrate on their areas of expertise and use pre-configured, pre-tested embedded Ethernet systems to bring Ethernet-enabled machines to market rapidly and provide added value for end users.
By carefully selecting Ethernet boards that have the functionality required today and the capability for upgrades in the future, OEMs can get ahead of the curve, providing Ethernet capability and extra value to their customers with little additional investment.