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ODVA Announces EtherNet/IP(tm) Becomes a Semiconductor Industry Standard

May 222003
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 22, 2003 — ODVA today announced that Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) accepted EtherNet/IP™ in its Sensor Bus Network Communications Standard activities. SEMI is the industry organization accountable for all global standards used by semiconductor equipment manufacturers. EtherNet/IP has been designated by SEMI as E54.13.

The SEMI Sensor Bus initiative now consists of eight networks, including EtherNet/IP and its companion technology DeviceNet™.

“The addition of EtherNet/IP into the SEMI Sensor Bus standards arena is another sign that Ethernet interest is advancing within tool-level architecture options for machine control,” said John Dunn, vice president and global advisor of FESTO, a member of the ODVA semiconductor special interest group (SIG). “The SEMI Sensor Bus initiative allows for the use of more intelligent sensors, actuators and sub-systems, while reducing expensive custom cabling and improving OEE [overall equipment effectiveness].”

This is especially true in applications that use both EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet. Because these networks share an application-layer protocol, users can seamlessly transport control data from lower tool levels to enterprise systems without specialized devices or software. Semiconductor manufacturers can take advantage of this architecture to build information-rich, cost-effective production-oriented equipment and facilities.

“It also benefits the more than 50 suppliers in the semiconductor SIG that build semiconductor equipment,” said Katherine Voss, ODVA executive director. “Because of the commonality between DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP, these companies will be able to build EtherNet/IP devices without a major research and development investment.”

About EtherNet/IP
EtherNet/IP extends commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet with the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) — the same open, robust application layer found in DeviceNet. Consequently, the networks also share device profiles and an object library. This allows EtherNet/IP developers to use DeviceNet objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors. Combined, DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP promote transparency from sensors to the enterprise software.
Based on the TCP/IP suite, EtherNet/IP employs TCP for information messaging and UDP for I/O messaging.

About ODVA
ODVA is an international association comprised of members from the world’s leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™). These currently include DeviceNet™, EtherNet/IP™, CIPsafety™ and CIPsync™. ODVA manages the development of these open technologies, and assists manufacturers and users of CIP-based networks through tools, training and marketing activities.

In addition, ODVA offers conformance testing to help ensure that products built to its specifications operate in multi-vendor systems. ODVA also is active in other standards development organizations and industry consortia to drive the growth of open communication standards. For more information, visit its web site at www.odva.org.

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For more information, contact:
ODVA
PMB 499, 20423 State Road 7 #F6
Boca Raton, FL 33498-6797 USA
tel 1.561.477.1375
fax 1.561.218.9465
[email protected]
www.odva.org

DeviceNet, CIP, CIPsafety and CIPsync are trademarks of ODVA.
EtherNet/IP is a trademark under license by ODVA.
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