AVnu Alliance has announced a new industrial market segment. As standard Ethernet continues to expand its range, functionality and applications with the evolution of the Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standard into Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). The new capabilities of TSN provide the industrial community with the ability to use standard Ethernet to support highly reliable and precise synchronised networking appropriate for industrial control.

With the expansion into the industrial control market, three new members have joined; Belden, General Electric, and National Instruments. These companies are driving forces in the recent expansion, working within AVnu Alliance to develop the foundational elements needed for industrial applications, based on the common elements of AVB/TSN. The industrial segment is also supported by existing AVnu Alliance members such as Broadcom, Cisco, Intel, Interval Zero, Marvell, Micrel, Vitesse, Xilinx and XMOS.

TSN technology shows promise to be the core technology for high-end industrial Ethernet communications in the future, solving challenges faced in demanding, high-performance and high-precision industries, like motion control, robotics and high-speed manufacturing. TSN promises through standard silicon to converge the previously disparate technologies needed for standard Ethernet communication, for deterministic high speed data transfer, and for high accuracy time synchronisation.

Standard Ethernet is evolving to enable next generation control systems. This will allow convergence of low latency control traffic and standard Ethernet traffic on the same network for demanding applications like multi-axis motion control, providing a foundation for more advanced manufacturing and production models where data can be shared more flexibly between layers of the control system and where Internet of Things (IoT) technology can be applied into production environments. The new capabilities of these open standards enable high-speed closed loop control networks to support any Ethernet device using standard IT components and creates the needed foundation for IoT integration with industrial production.

The Industrial market, which parallels work that AVnu Alliance members have been doing in the Automotive segment, is a $150-billion a year market space and creates a pathway to the future of IoT.