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What is POWERLINK?

POWERLINK is a real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. It is purely software-based and is 100% compliant with the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard. POWERLINK was introduced by the Austrian automation company B&R in 2001. The standard is an open protocol. Read on to learn more about the benefits and limitations of POWERLINK. And don’t forget to check out our POWERLINK FAQs for a full overview of this protocol.

POWERLINK is a real-time protocol for standard Ethernet

POWERLINK is a real-time industrial Ethernet solution based on IEEE 802.3. POWERLINK uses the same Ethernet stack as CANopen, but adds a new protocol called Object Dictionary (OD). The OD provides a logical connection between the application software and the POWERLINK stack. POWERLINK defines the communication objects and services required by OD. The OD of POWERLINK is similar to CANopen’s OD, which addresses each entry by an index and sub index. OD entries are assigned attributes and properties, such as a type or attribute.

It is purely software-based

POWERLINK is a purely software-based Industrial Ethernet solution that integrates the communication tasks required in modern automation applications. Its real-time protocol is ideal for process and machine engineering. Because Powerlink uses CANopen communication profile DS301, it opens up a broad range of devices for use in the process industry. This software-based solution eliminates the need for expensive and inflexible fieldbus systems.

It is 100% compliant with IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard

The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard defines a set of communication protocols. In addition to the standard defining the MAC protocol, it also specifies physical layer specifications and management parameters. Third-generation Power over Ethernet supports up to 100 W using all four pairs of balanced twisted pair cabling and supports lower standby power and IoT applications. Powerlinks products meet all of these requirements. Here’s why.

It is suitable for hard real-time requirements

Ethernet POWERLINK communication profile supports POWERLINK node connections without programmable hardware. Intel Ethernet Controller I210 is the first standard Ethernet controller to support POWERLINK timing requirements. POWERLINK is a patent-free, vendor-independent, software-based communication protocol that enables machine-to-machine communication. The new controller reduces the board size and cost, making it feasible for small field devices.

It is an open native advertising platform

PowerLinks is an open native advertising platform that powers the largest native ad businesses on the planet. The company offers highly customizable and scalable APIs to media buyers and sellers, enabling them to build unique Native Advertising Networks, Trading Desks, and more. Designed for ad experiences that drive engagement and conversions, PowerLinks offers a variety of formats. Read on to learn more about the company’s capabilities and what sets it apart from the competition.