• EtherCAT now a Korean National Standard

    The South Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) has announced that EtherCAT was accepted as a Korean Industrial Standard (KS) by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. This marks the successful completion of a two year effort driven by the Korean ETG office. Office manager Key Yoo led this vital initiative and also translated most of the 500 page EtherCAT specification.

  • ETG standardizes plant-wide Safety Architecture for heterogeneous control systems

    The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is standardizing an open safety profile for safety-related data exchange between machine parts within heterogeneous safety architectures. The profile considers that potentially different bus systems with their own native safety protocols are used within the machine parts.

  • Semiconductor industry “Goes EtherCAT” by backing ETG Semiconductor Working Group

    Semiconductor industry “Goes EtherCAT” by backing ETG Semiconductor Working Group

    Supported by the market-leading semiconductor equipment vendors, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has launched the Semi Technical Working Group (TWG) in Silicon Valley. The 2-day kick-off meeting was attended by 96 influential semiconductor industry experts. The goal of the EtherCAT Semi TWG is to standardize EtherCAT usage in manufacturing equipment for chips, displays and solar panels.

  • Texas Instruments releases EtherCAT microprocessor

    Announced in April 2011, now available: the Sitara™ microprocessor from Texas Instruments (TI) with EtherCAT slave interface. The first and so far only standard processor series with hardware-integrated, real-time Ethernet has become a reality. Beckhoff has developed a matching EtherCAT slave protocol and is offering it for download free of charge.