Low Complexity Ethernet at the Edge a Bonafide Concept?: Page 2 of 2

The size, power, and cost of the Ethernet interface itself has been a deterrent to its use in simple field devices such as sensors and actuators. But perhaps new ideas and technology can make it possible.

can be a simple, low-cost M-class controller. It is through this combination of hardware partitioning and software tailoring that we can achieve the concept of bringing EtherNet/IP to the edge,” the paper concludes.

All in all, this is a concept that illustrates how far Ethernet has emerged beyond its original technology boundaries.  It will be interesting to see if this approach gains traction as edge devices become an important part of company’s IoT strategies moving forward.



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