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PROCESS CONTROL NEWS Foxboro Offers Even Faster Communications

The FOXBORO(R) Automation Systems unit of Invensys has recently introduced a new switched Ethernet system backbone...


The FOXBORO(R) Automation Systems unit of Invensys has recently introduced a new switched Ethernet system backbone for the I/A Series(R) A2 system. This state-of-the-art, COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) technology further simplifies the system architecture by eliminating the need for carrier band LANs and provides a significant performance boost for both new and existing I/A Series systems.

COTS networking hardware reduces implementation costs and makes it easier to stay current over time. New, high-performance Windows XP and Solaris 8 (Unix) I/A Series workstations interface directly to the switched Ethernet network to take full advantage of the high-speed communications. This boosts performance while simplifying existing system architecture to reduce costs.

The new networking technology deploys standard 100-Mb/1-Gb switched Ethernet in a redundant/fault-tolerant configuration. This provides a secure, fibre optic network that features highly reliable message delivery between I/A Series workstations and control stations with 1-gigabit backplane capability. In addition to boosting performance and reducing implementation and support costs, the platform enhancements allow the I/A Series A2 system to take advantage of the latest productivity-enhancing ArchestrA(TM) applications from across Invensys, as well as from third-party developers.

For more information, readers should contact the Invensys Customer Satisfaction Center at 1-866-746-6477 (508-549-2424 outside of the U.S.), or visit www.foxboro.com.


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