December 1999

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Interest in Ethernet technology to 'surge' in two waves

Ethernet has the potential for spanning all levels of industrial application, from the supervisory level, down through the control and device levels and finally to the I/O level. Ethernet competes wit..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethernet has the potential for spanning all levels of industrial application, from the supervisory level, down through the control and device levels and finally to the I/O level. Ethernet competes with other networks with data link layer chips. It is this potential, and a recent upsurge in its popularity, that has continued to make Ethernet for industrial applications an issue of both promise and controversy, according to analysts from Frost & Sullivan. Total market value forecast: surprise growth to $2 billion by 2003. The total market value for industrial communications fieldbus networks in 1999 is about $1.38 billion. By 2001 the market will see a strong 10% rise in growth due to

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