MILWAUKEE, Wis. / ALAMEDA, Calif., October 31, 2001 – Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) and Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND) today announced an agreement to integrate EtherNet/Industrial Protocol (IP) technology–based on Rockwell Automation's EtherNet/IP Master Library–and Wind River's Tornado® for Industrial Automation development software. The relationship will benefit the industrial automation industry by simplifying the development of a wide range of EtherNet/IP-enabled industrial devices such as controllers, I/O, drives, robots, weigh scales, operator interfaces, supervisory control stations and more.
"Wind River is the worldwide leader in real-time operating systems and embedded development tools for the industrial automation market," says Jack DeLeon, strategic marketing director of Rockwell Automation's Automation, Control, and Information Group. "From our own experience of developing EtherNet/IP-based devices using Wind River technologies, the integration of EtherNet/IP will significantly accelerate the ability of developers to bring highly functional and efficient EtherNet/IP-enabled devices to the market."
"Wind River sees EtherNet/IP technology as an integral part of our rapidly broadening connectivity strategy for industrial devices," said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Automotive and Industrial business unit. "Rockwell Automation is the key supplier of Ethernet/IP technology and products in the industrial automation market and Wind River is pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with Rockwell to deliver a complete software development solution for this important market. Tornado for Industrial Automation customers will find developing industrial applications with market-leading connectivity much easier and more cost effective."
The emergence of Ethernet connectivity on the factory floor has been enabled by its increasing speed and reduced deployment cost. To leverage these benefits and ensure interoperability of industrial devices, EtherNet/IP uses the same proven, standard application layer, common object model and universal device profiles as DeviceNet™ and ControlNet™. The EtherNet/IP specification is maintained by the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), of which both Wind River and Rockwell Automation are members.
About EtherNet/IP Master Library
The EtherNet/IP Master Library is a communication stack that provides the developer with a complete set of functions to give your products Control and Information Protocol (CIP) connectivity over TCP/IP as defined in the EtherNet/IP specification. These functions allow you to implement an EtherNet/IP product, without requiring detailed knowledge of the Ethernet protocol.
About Tornado for Industrial Automation
Tornado for Industrial Automation is a vertical solution for the development of industrial automation devices. It is comprised of the Tornado integrated development environment, the market leading VxWorks® real-time operating system, embedded development tools and industrial automation specific networking protocols including Wind River DeviceNet and OLE for Process Control (OPC) implementation. Tornado for Industrial Automation is designed to shift the focus of embedded industrial device developers from the integration of enabling technologies to the development of the application itself–thus resulting in faster time to market. In addition, Tornado for Industrial Automation users benefit from Wind River's worldwide support and services organizations, more than 600 WindLink™ partners, and embedded expertise.
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is how smart things think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide.
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a $4.3 billion world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation solutions, including Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, Reliance Electric™ motors and drives, Allen-Bradley® controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs approximately 23,500 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.
Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, Tornado, VxWorks are registered trademarks and WindLink and How Smart Things Think is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. DeviceNet is a trademark of the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association. ControlNet is a trademark of ControlNet International. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of their respective companies or organizations.
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