Joint specs for industrial Ethernet

The Telecommunications Industry Association and the ODVA have signed a Cooperation and Cross License Agreement for the purpose of building common industrial Ethernet specifications.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the ODVA have signed a Cooperation and Cross License Agreement for the purpose of building common industrial Ethernet specifications.

To that end, ODVA and TIA will share information regarding standards that both groups are currently developing for the Ethernet physical layer.

Under the agreement, ODVA will provide EtherNet/IP information related to the physical-layer portions of the specification, installation requirements and test procedures used to evaluate network performance.

In turn, TIA will supply ODVA with details regarding standards being developed in various subcommittees of Engineering Committee TR-42 User Premises Telecommunications Infrastructure. These subcommittees include TR-42.5 Infrastructure Terms and Symbols, TR-42.7 Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems, and TR-42.9 Industrial Telecommunications Infrastructure.

The two organisations plan to use this information to co-develop and drive physical-layer and installation standards for industrial Ethernet. Ultimately, the standards will help the combined vendor and user communities adopt Ethernet on the plant floor.