FieldComm Group, OPC Foundation, ODVA and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International are the co-owners of the Ethernet-APL specification. FieldComm Group develops and maintains the FDI Specifications in its working group structure, establishing and controlling new technology developments and enhancements that support the needs of the process automation industry. FieldComm Group manages the Ethernet-APL Specifications and other related documents and provides related services and applications to end users.
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The Ethernet-APL Port Profile Specification version defines the ports which are the fundamental connections of Ethernet-APL products and provides the necessary industrial automation extensions to realize a standardized and interoperable IEEE 802.3cg network. This specification provides the fundamentals for connection points between field devices and switches.
The Ethernet-APL EMC Test Specification defines the tests that ensure consistent EMC immunity and emissions of products with at least one port built to the Ethernet-APL Port Profile Specification.
Defined strictly as a physical layer, Ethernet-APL supports any Ethernet–based protocol including those with real-time capabilities. The Ethernet-APL Engineering Guideline provides guidance for users and preparation for deployment of Ethernet-APL networks.