Industrial communication networks – Fieldbus specifications – Part 4-8: Data-link layer protocol specification – Type 8 elements
|Publication Date:||1 December 2007|
|ICS Code (Data link layer):||35.100.20|
|ICS Code (Industrial process measurement and control):||25.040.40|
The data-link layer provides basic time-critical messaging communications between devices in an automation environment.
This protocol provides a highly-optimized means of interchanging fixed-length input/output data and variable-length segmented messages between a single master device and a set of slave devices interconnected in a loop (ring) topology. The exchange of input/output data is totally synchronous by configuration, and is unaffected by the messaging traffic.
Devices are addressed implicitly by their position on the loop. The determination of the number, identity and characteristics of each device can be configured, or can be detected automatically at start-up.