Pyramid Solutions to Collaborate with Altera to Enable EtherNet/IP Functionality Across Systems, Platforms and Environments

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The two companies will enable a single-chip integrated Industrial Ethernet Protocol to help customers rapidly launch new products.

Customers will benefit directly from the combined technologies and expertise.

Pyramid Solutions’ Network Connectivity and Intelligent Manufacturing Business (NCIM), a leading solutions and technology provider, and Altera Corporation have announced they will be collaborating to give customers the ability to add EtherNet/IP™ Scanner (Client) functionality to their factory and industrial products using the Pyramid Solutions’ Ethernet/IP Scanner Development Kit (ESDK) and Altera™ Cyclone® V field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The two companies will enable a single-chip integrated Industrial Ethernet Protocol to help customers rapidly launch new products.

Pyramid Solutions’ ESDK is a cross-platform development package that includes a feature rich EtherNet/IP Scanner Class software protocol stack that provides I/O Server, I/O Client, Message Server & Message Client functionality. The ESDK software stack exposes an Application Programming Interface (API) for using Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) over standard Ethernet and TCP/IP.

In describing this new partnership, Mr. Glenn Beal, Director Network Connectivity, Pyramid Solutions, stated, “Our partnership with Altera is an important step in Pyramid Solutions’ goal to enable EtherNet/IP functionality across systems, platforms and environments. Customers will benefit directly from the combined technologies and expertise provided through this partnership.”

David Moore, Director of Altera’s Industrial Business Unit, said, “Using Altera’s Cyclone V FPGA and SoC devices to implement a single-chip integrated Industrial Ethernet Protocol with integrated PLC and motion control functionality enables faster time-to-market with proven cost benefits and improved performance. Customers seeking to expand their Industrial Ethernet solution offerings on Altera FPGAs with a proven Ethernet/IP Scanner stack will benefit greatly from this collaboration.”

Altera Cyclone® V FPGAs provide the industry's lowest system cost and power, along with performance levels that make the device family ideal for differentiating high-volume applications. Cyclone offers efficient logic integration capabilities, integrated transceiver variants, and SoC FPGA variants with an ARM®-based hard processor system (HPS).

About Altera
Altera programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, and complementary technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide. Visit http://www.altera.com.

About Pyramid Solutions Network Connectivity and Intelligent Manufacturing Practice (NCIM)
Pyramid Solutions Inc., NCIM Business, is a leader in communications, network technologies, software development and system integration that enable visionary solutions that achieve exceptional results. Pyramid Solutions specializes in solutions for Industrial Automation, Transportation and Manufacturing that offer hardware, software, licensed technology, services and support to ensure our customers obtain the maximum value from a single source.

For additional information visit: http://network.pyramidsolutions.com/

EtherNet/IP is a registered trademark of the ODVA.

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