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Active Ethernet I/O, New Generation I/O that Talks over Ethernet

Taipei, Taiwan, Oct 11, 2006—Moxa announces the debut of Active Ethernet I/O , a new way for PC-based data acquisition and control applications to transmit real-time I/O data over an open network. Designed for Ethernet, Active Ethernet I/O supports Modbus/TCP and SNMP protocols for use in both industrial automation and IT environments.

A new approach to Ethernet I/O is needed to address the prevalence of Ethernet in modern PC-based data acquisition and control (DA&C) systems and the increasing demand for real-time I/O data. Using their know-how and experience in data communication, the engineers at Moxa developed the Active Ethernet I/O concept to provide real-time I/O data transmission over an open network using easily-configured local logic control.

New Breed of Ethernet I/O for PC-based Automation

In traditional Ethernet I/O architecture, the Ethernet I/O server and attached sensors are passive. A host is required to poll the Ethernet I/O server in order to obtain I/O status information, and the repeated request-and-respond communication over the network results in a slow response time. For clients looking to improve the operational efficiency of their DA&C systems, the need for active I/O messaging and a fast I/O response time cannot be met with the traditional Ethernet I/O structure.

Moxa's Active Ethernet I/O products give system integrators a new option that relies on conditionally triggered I/O status notification with customizable output messages and simultaneous local output control. Rather than simply waiting for a request for information, the Ethernet I/O server intelligently transmits data over the network only when certain customizable I/O conditions are met. Network and host resources are not expended by the continual polling of the server when I/O conditions remain within the customizable threshold. This makes network communication between the host computer and Ethernet I/O server concise and efficient, and data transmission is 20 times faster than with traditional SCADA systems (50 ms compared to 1 sec).

A key component of Active Ethernet I/O is the patent-pending Click&Go™ logic control, which is used to configure the Ethernet I/O server's local intelligence. Rather than laboriously programming in C or PLC-Ladder-Logic, the intuitive "If-Then" structure of Click&Go™ makes it easy for users to notify the server of what I/O conditions to watch for and what actions or events to trigger. Using Click&Go™, configuration of your Active Ethernet I/O system can be completed quickly and with no formal training.

  • Instant Event Reporting by TCP/UDP/e-mail/SNMP trap
  • Easy Local Control without Programming by Patented Click&Go Logic
  • Windows VB and Windows/WinCE/Linux C API
  • Peer-to-Peer I/O without controller

Moxa currently offers two products that support Active Ethernet I/O
- ioLogik E2210 with 12 DI, 8 DO -
- ioLogik E2240 with 8 AI, 2 AO -

About Moxa: Your Trusted Partner in Automation

Moxa is a leading provider of edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 50 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 70 countries. Moxa delivers lasting business value by empowering industry with reliable networks and sincere service for industrial communications infrastructures. Information about Moxa’s solutions is available at www.moxa.com.