Introduction to the REM Chip

Innovasic announces its next generation of Industrial Ethernet switch identified as the fido5000, Real-time Ethernet, Multi-protocol (REM) Switch. The fido5000 REM Switch can be paired with any processor including any ARM® CPU or Innovasic’s fido1100® communication controller and supports PROFINET, PROFINET IRT (version 2.3), EtherNet/IP, EtherNet/IP with Beacon-based DLR, ModbusTCP, EtherCAT, SERCOS, and POWERLINK all in a single silicon solution.

The REM Switch is an industry first. No other 2-port embedded switch on the market supports all of today’s major Industrial Ethernet protocols. Furthermore, the configurable blocks that make up the chip’s unique architecture means REM will also support future IEEE802.1 time-sensitive Ethernet protocols.

Unlike other standalone switches that leave protocol integration up to the user, the fido5000 REM Switch comes with a driver for each protocol to easily configure the switch and integrate the protocol stack. While EtherCAT and POWERLINK do not technically use a switch, the fido5000 can be configured to meet all of the performance and connectivity requirements for these protocols.

The REM Switch incorporates Innovasic’s unique PriorityChannel™ Technology that ensures real-time Industrial Ethernet messages are processed on-time, every time regardless of the protocol and the amount of network traffic on the wire. This feature reduces factory down-time due to devices failing under network traffic load conditions.

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