CC-Link Adopts ix Industrial® as a New Standard Interface

The Nagoya, Japan-based CC-Link Partner Organization has added the ix Industrial® Gbit Ethernet Interface Type A (in line with IEC 61076-3-124) to its "CC-Link IE TSN network communication specifications" list as a new recommended standard. As a reliable industrial solution, ix Industrial® complements well-known RJ45 and M12 X-coded solutions. HARTING offers ix Industrial® with additional features for demanding applications.

The CC-Link Partner Organization has released its March 2023 revised CC-Link IE TSN Specifications (Overview + Implementation Rules). In addition to well-known RJ45 and M12 X-coded solutions, the ix Industrial® Type A interface is now specified (10-pin rectangular connector compliant with IEC 61076-3-124). The ix Industrial® is internationally standardized according to IEC-Standard 61076-3-124 and transmits Ethernet at up to 10 Gbit/s.

HARTING Mini PushPull ix Industrial® IP65 in field attachable and overmolded version.

CC-Link users now have a third industrial Ethernet-Interface for twisted pair cables. With its significantly increased reliability and a device socket that's 70 % smaller than an RJ45 solution, ix Industrial® offers promising miniaturization possibilities.

Having already been listed in the GigE Vision and PROFINET specifications, the ix Industrial® interface is now gaining traction with CC-Link. ix Industrial® is thus increasingly establishing itself as a common standard for reliable Ethernet-Networks.

In addition to the standard variant, the HARTING Technology Group also offers the connector with an additional pull-out aid for very compact arrangements of several interfaces next to each other. With the new Mini PushPull-Series, the ix Industrial® mating face is also available in a waterproof and dustproof version.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Standardized according to IEC 61076-3-124
  • Cat 6A transmission
  • 360° shielding for absolutely reliable transmission performance
  • Power supply via PoE/PoE+
  • IP20/IP65 available
  • Tool-less locking
  • High robustness

Available in:

  • Female: right angle vertical, vertical, right angle horizontal
  • Connector: straight, right angle (IDC, soldering)
  • Cable assemblies in different lengths and combinations
HARTING ix Industrial® with 70 % smaller device socket than conventional RJ45.

About CC-Link IE TSN

The CC-Link IE TSN specification, introduced in 2018 by the CC-Link Partner Association, represents a next-generation network. It enhances the current CC-Link Industrial Ethernet by integrating Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) technology and standards related to Gigabit Ethernet bandwidth. To this end, the specification now includes a compact, industrial-grade connector.

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