By the mid-2000's the burden of integration of the device to the host system was spread across the value chain.
- Device suppliers needed to develop, test, and register a DD for each device.
- Device suppliers also were required to develop, test, and register a DTM across multiple versions of Window’s operating systems for device.
- Host system manufacturers faced the burden of choosing between EDDL or FDT/DTM based platforms and then needed to develop and support that platform.
- DTM testing and registration organizations were forced to upgrade test protocols to keep current with the latest version of the OS.
- End users were faced with extremely challenging device integration burdens and the common problem of a DD or DTM not being available for a specific instrument.
All of these factors contribute to inefficiency, cost increases, complexity and a tendency to avoid system upgrades. As a result many host systems in brownfield installations are operating with versions of software that are sometimes 5-10 years out of date.
FDI technology has been developed and is supported by the automation industry's leading technology foundations and suppliers to adress these issues. FDI combines the advantages of FDT(tm) with those of EDDL into a single scalable solution.