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The companies Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller Interface, Reichle + Massari (R + M), Belden and Fluke Networks announce a technology partnership for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE). The companies develop and support IEC-63171-2 (office environment) and IEC 63171-5 (industrial environment) plug-in faces, which are jointly introduced in the standardization.

The standards define IP20 and IP65 / 67 mating faces for single- and four-pair data transmission in single-pair Ethernet applications. To ensure a coordinated infrastructure for devices, connectors, cables and measurement technology, companies bundle their technology know-how.

Data cabling with only one core pair enables transmission distances of up to 1000 m at transmission rates from 10 Mbit / s to 1Gbit / s. Thus, SPE is particularly suitable for infrastructure applications in machine and plant construction, process technology, but also for the building infrastructure. The big advantage: SPE is environmentally neutral. Field devices, sensors and actuators can be easily integrated into the existing enterprise-level Ethernet environment. Additional gateways and interfaces are eliminated.

The development of the single-pair Ethernet has its origins in the automotive industry. There, the trend to develop smaller and more powerful devices is clearly noticeable. Forward-looking technologies such as autonomous driving require a connection technology that enables the transmission of higher data rates in a small space. Other industries can benefit from this approach.

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