All posts by Erich Brockard

Director Application Central Europe, I am passionate about the latest semiconductor technologies and fascinated what can be achieved by utilizing them. My updates will cover latest technology and market trends for the industrial market like Industry 4.0 and TSN.

Industry 4.0 OPC UA over TSN
As the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as Industry 4.0 are probably the most stressed topics of the last couple years we will skip the “there will be billions of connected devices…” part for this article. Smart factories and sophisticated automation require a complex combination of strategy, technology and flexibility addressing needs from the fieldbus level up to the enterprise level. The complexity and concerns regarding costs, future support, flexibility and maintenance prevent many companies from starting to implement new standards and technologies. However, with the marriage of theRead More
If you analyse keywords like “Internet of Things” or “Industry 4.0” in Google Trends, you get quite a good impression on how the importance for these subjects changed over the last couple of years. Experts agree unanimously that connected devices will increasingly impact people’s lives in the future. It’s not without reason that one is speaking of the fourth industrial revolution. Technology companies, politicians or visionaries spent a lot of time to discuss these topics and to drive the development forward. Certain prerequisites are required to be fulfilled, such asRead More
For industrial and automotive markets real-time communication is a crucial element for future proven systems. Therefore a new set of standards collectively referred to as time-sensitive networking standards (TSN) is created by the TSN task group. Those sub-standards are all part of the IEEE 802.1 working group and aim to solve diverse challenges of modern real-time communication over Ethernet. Companies can customise their setups through various combinations of those standards. In order to understand what can be achieved with TSN we will take a look at each single standard firstRead More
The Need For A New Standard The successful shift towards Industry 4.0 depends on a huge variety of prerequisites. Among the most critical technological challenges, which we will need to tackle in order to unlock the full potential of the industrial IoT in the future, are the communication and interoperability of machines. More specifically intelligent and interconnected production will need networks which can deliver real-time communication, scalability, security, accessibility as well as seamless connection of different layers of the automation pyramid model. In order to achieve the above and createRead More