New Platform Software Release from Hirschmann

Multi-Ring Protocol Enhances Network Availability


Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) has released version 5.0 of its Platform Software, providing important new functions for the company’s Ethernet switching and routing products.

The new release enables customers to connect multiple rings to a primary ring. This permits higher availability of networks by forming so-called sub-rings. With version 5.0 of Hirschmann’s Platform Software, the Multi-Ring protocol is available in the RSR and MACH1000 product families.

Another new feature in the latest software update is that it accelerates boot-up times. In addition, the HIPER-Ring and RSTP protocols have been optimized, with version 5.0 now also allowing for various possible protocol combinations. Moreover, in combination with the new MICE PTP modules, the latest Platform Software release supports the new technology of the Precision Time Protocol Version 2.

Further features at a glance:

  • Profinet IO enhancements
  • EtherNet/IP enhancements
  • Ping/Logic tracking
  • Static route tracking
  • MAC-based port security with mask
  • SNMP v3 authentication over RADIUS

Connection of sub-rings by means of the Multi-Ring protocol. (Graphic: Belden, BLDPR103)

About Belden

Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 2 billion for the fiscal year 2008.

Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™, Belden EMEA offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.

For more information about Belden, please visit www.belden-emea.com.

For further information, please contact:

Nancy van Heesewijk
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4612 PS Bergen op Zoom
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 164 317 018
Fax: +31 164 317 039

Berry Medendorp
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