HMS collaborates with Xilinx

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HMS Industrial Networks AB (HMSN.ST) announced today that it is collaborating with Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) to deliver next generation industrial networking solutions.  HMS’s latest industrial network IP is based on the leading Anybus technology for Xilinx® FPGA and SoC devices.  HMS is the worldwide leader in Industrial network technology and has connected more than three million devices to industrial networks in demanding applications with its Anybus technology.  Xilinx® Artix®-7 FPGAs and Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs integrate state-of-the-art FPGA technology with dual-core ARM® Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) processors, giving developers a powerful and flexible basis with high performance embedded processing power and hardware acceleration.

HMS, a Xilinx Alliance Program Member, is adapting the Anybus technology to the FPGA and Zynq platforms, with the aim of enabling Xilinx customers to implement all popular Industrial Ethernet protocols, such as Profinet, and others.  The objective is to form the first one-stop-shop solution for industrial communication IP cores on Xilinx and leverage Anybus’s platform concept for a new level of integration and productivity.

“We are very excited about having Anybus on Xilinx products.  The industrial communication market is very fragmented when it comes to protocols, and many next generation product platforms require the support of multiple networks. We are looking forward to our Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC customers getting a proven, flexible and reliable communication solution that appreciably improves time to market for their new products,” says Christoph Fritsch, director of the industrial, scientific and medical business segment at Xilinx.

“Co-operation with Xilinx allows HMS to further integrate into new technical platforms.  FPGAs remain extremely popular in industrial products, so the proposed combination of Xilinx’s Zynq All Programmable SoCs and HMS’s Anybus technology will create an unbeatable combination in providing performance, flexibility and short time-to-market for demanding industrial applications,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS. “We see the Xilinx co-operation as a great complement to our existing Anybus offer of chips, bricks and modules for industrial communication. This new solution will increase the reach of Anybus into more applications and will provide new market opportunities for HMS.”

HMS expects the Anybus technology to be available for Zynq All Programmable SoC customers during the second half of 2015.