Microchip licenses the EtherCAT technology for its next-generation Ethernet controllers. Industrial systems use EtherCAT standard for its stability and high throughput , which have led to a high adoption rate with more than 3000 members globally.
“The EtherCAT standard is a proven and robust industrial communication protocol that is expanding its market presence in drive and I/O applications,” said Mitch Obolsky, VP of Microchip’s USB and Networking Group. “By adding this technology to our industry-leading Ethernet controllers, we plan to provide engineers with compelling new connectivity options for their designs. This includes the Internet of Things (IoT), since EtherCAT technology is a perfect fit for adding connectivity to industrial IoT designs. The adoption of EtherCAT technology thus continues Microchip’s commitment as a reliable partner for the long-term supply of leading-edge Ethernet devices.”
“Microchip’s decision to implement EtherCAT technology into their next-generation industrial-Ethernet products will further accelerate the adoption of our communication standard within the industrial-control segment and beyond,” said Martin Rostan, executive director of the EtherCAT Technology Group. “We welcome this move, which expands the choice of EtherCAT Slave Controller chips for our members. Microchip is making a clear statement by adding EtherCAT technology to its silicon, as a real-time Ethernet option for its customers.”