Moxa, Intel, and port Demonstrate Game-changing Solution for Next-level Time-sensitive Networking (TSN)

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

Moxa Inc. has announced a collaboration with Intel Corporation and port industrial automation GmbH to develop a platform that demonstrates the industry’s first ready-to-use, application-to-application solution of time-sensitive networking (TSN). The solution combines Gigabit bandwidth and high performance, as well as enhanced reliability and security. The joint demonstration by an ideal combination of chip maker, device manufacturer, and software stack provider exemplifies the maturity and the potential of TSN capabilities and its readiness for being extended from wired to wireless networks. The wireless TSN will liberate standards-based, scalable, and highly flexible applications that are realizing Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) everywhere.

The joint effort focuses on working on a unified and high-performance network infrastructure permitting all types of traffic to coexist. The development, one of the most complete applications of CC-Link IE TSN among the CLPA ecosystem, integrates CC-Link IE TSN-certified products, Moxa’s TSN-enabled switches, Intel’s latest generation of processor, 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, and Intel I120 TSN-enabled platforms. In addition, the application is developed by port GmbH, who has one of the industry’s first CC-Link IE TSN Class B-certified Master stacks and can demonstrate PROFINET capabilities over TSN through the first PROFINET CC-D remote station.

The unique proposition of the solution is the feasibility for the framework to integrate devices and protocols, such as CC-Link IE TSN by CLPA, PROFINET over TSN (PROFINET CC-D), EtherCAT over TSN, and the upcoming OPC UA FX. There is also a neutral middleware developed for all kinds of industrial protocols over TSN to deliver synchronous communications between sensors, PLCs, and actuators, which are used in various industrial applications.

TSN is a future-proof solution that improves determinism and reliability in industrial Ethernet-based communications across vertical markets. When it creates accurate time synchronization across a network and traffic prioritization, users can combine many types of traffic on a single network with no loss of performance. Moreover, the solution also supports time-critical, control-related tasks and improves the transparency of how information is processed to support quality and output. With the advent of the new paradigm of 5G and Wi-Fi 6/7 connectivity, it is now possible to expand deterministic communications over wireless networks.

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