DeviceNet Becomes National Standard In China

BOCA RATON, Fla. - ODVA announced today that the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) has approved DeviceNet as a standard. As a result, the DeviceNet specification will now be part of the first Chinese national standard to encompass fieldbus technology - GB/T 18858 Low-voltage Switchgear and Controlgear Controller-Device Interface.

"Growing at more than 10 percent per year, the Chinese market is vital to our vendor members," said Katherine Voss, ODVA executive director. "DeviceNet is well-suited to applications driven by the infrastructure build-up in China. Its acceptance as a national standard clears DeviceNet for use in new projects, ensuring its continued growth as the fieldbus of choice for device-level control."

To define GB/T 18858, SAC looked to international networking standards. As a result, it is equivalent to IEC 62026, a fieldbus standard from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). DeviceNet was adopted as part of the IEC standard in 2000. The Chinese standard will become effective in April 2003.

ODVA is an international association comprised of members from the world's leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP(tm)). These currently include DeviceNet(tm), EtherNet/IP(tm), CIPsafety(tm) and CIPsync(tm). For more information, visit its web site at www.odva.org .

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