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Product lifecycle policy
HMS Industrial Networks (HMS) develops products that are meant to stay on the market for a long time, typically more than 10 years. The products are designed to be used in industrial applications, which brings high demands on reliability and availability. Product life times are influenced by many factors such as component availability and technology development. HMS always strives to keep the products up-to-date with maintained backwards compatibility.
In order to manage the products in a structured way during their lifetime, HMS has established a product lifecycle policy over a series of product lifecycle phases. Within this scope, HMS is committed to notify customers of any changes in product lifecycle status well in advance, in order for customers to be able to plan their operations in an efficient way.
The key element of the lifecycle policy is that HMS will always notify customers at least 24 months before a product in the Active phase becomes obsolete.
A new version 4.6.0 of the EtherNet/IP software is available for the following products:
- EtherNet/IP Adapter DLL Kit (EIPA)
- EtherNet/IP Adapter Developers' Kit (EADK)
- EtherNet/IP Scanner DLL Kit (EIPS)
- EtherNet/IP Scanner Developers' Kit (ESDK)
The software packages comprise bugfixes and enhanced functionality. They are prepared for the actual revision CT-13 of ODVA EtherNet/IP Protocol Conformance Test as of December 9, 2015.
Customers under valid maintenance contract will get the software free of charge and unsolicited for download.
HMS now supports a wide range of its IXXAT PC/CAN interfaces with a driver package for the real-time operating system VxWorks (6.9.3), developed by WindRiver.
Besides the development of standard Windows applications based upon the proven IXXAT VCI driver, time-critical automation applications that require a real-time-capable CAN coupling can be implemented based upon the IXXAT ECI driver for Linux, Intime, QNX, RTX and new VxWorks.
For VxWorks, the micro-controller architectures and processors from Intel are supported. At present, these are Intel Core, Intel Core 2, Celeron (Core) and Celerom M (Merom), as well as Pentium Dual-Core (Allendale/Merom) and Xeon (Core).
Currently, the VxWorks driver supports the new USB-to-CAN V2 interfaces and the CAN-IB interfaces for PCIe, PCIe Mini, PCIe 104 and the PCI-04 PCI card.
To afford the greatest possible flexibility, the ECI driver makes a uniform application interface available to the user, making it possible to switch between the various interfaces without adapting the application.
With the new ECI version, the IXXAT CAN interfaces are now even more easily deployed in complex applications, such as medical technology and aeronautical engineering.