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Fieldbus Foundation Releases Updated Specifications

Specification Version 6.0 includes powerful new Device Description (DD) features

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 9, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that an updated version of its FOUNDATION fieldbus™ specifications is now available. The new specification defines features that enhance fieldbus functionality and provide additional incentives for automation equipment suppliers to get on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus."

The Fieldbus Foundation's specifications define the open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol.  The technology provides an all-digital, two-way, multi-drop communications link among smart field devices and automation systems.  It serves as the Local Area Network (LAN) for instruments used in process automation, and has a built-in capability to distribute the control application across the network.

According to Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation product manager-fieldbus products, the updated specifications are an essential tool for controls and instrumentation manufacturers wanting to take advantage of the rising demand for fieldbus-based control solutions around the world.

"FOUNDATION fieldbus is recognized as an industry-standard for plant automation applications, and leading suppliers are responding to the end user market by offering a wide range of compliant products and support services," said Mitschke. "Now is the time for companies to become involved with fieldbus product development and start realizing the business benefits offered by the technology."

Specification 6.0 includes powerful new features standardized in Device Description Language (DDL) technology. Implemented in millions of installed instruments around the world, DDL is a text-based language describing the digital communication characteristics of intelligent devices and equipment parameters in an Operating System (OS) and User Interface (UI)-neutral environment.  DDL enables a host system manufacturer to create a single engineering environment capable of supporting any device, from any supplier, using any communications protocol, without the need for custom software drivers for each device type.

The updated DDL specification extends the concept of interoperability to the HMI and diagnostic data level with improved visualization and graphical features.  New features focus on device data organization, graphical visualization consistency, and support for persistent data storage.  These enhancements are backward and forward compatible due to the nature of the IEC 61804-2 standard.

Fieldbus Foundation members purchasing or renewing a specification maintenance agreement will automatically receive a complete copy of the FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and HSE Specification 6.0, including all updates to these specifications.

For more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications and maintenance agreement options, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation' s website at www.fieldbus.org.

About the Fieldbus Foundation™

The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of an international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.  Visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.

 

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