TOKYO, JAPAN: Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced the availability of two single-channel Ethernet physical layer (PHY, part number μPD60610GA-GAM-AX and μPD60611GA-GAM-AX) devices for industrial communication systems.
The two new PHY chips expand Renesas’ family of PHY devices designed for industrial Ethernet requirements, which includes two dual-channel PHY devices (the μPD60620GA-GAM-AX and the μPD60621GA-GAX-AX).
Recently, there has been a growing demand among manufacturing companies for the intelligent field devices that can capture and transmit information within the factory. This requirement for more efficiency and transparency has accelerated the adoption of industrial Ethernet to interconnect industrial automation systems. The multiple differences between this environment and PC-based and consumer applications have provided the impetus for the development of new standards based on the IEEE802.3 standard.
Examples of these differences compared to consumer PHY devices include the need for determinism, real-time and diagnostics features, a high level of reliability, and an extended lifecycle. Renesas prioritised all of these capabilities when developing its new PHY family for industrial automation applications.