What was SPE developed for…?
Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) require uniform network infrastructure across all levels and systems, as well as data transmission in real time. The automotive industry is the first to prove that the SPE theory works – where Ethernet technology had been strategically positioned to become the next network backbone of automobiles, the classic Ethernet, which already connects all upper layers in the automation pyramid, is often unsuitable for connecting the lowest field level because the cables are oversized, and connection is complex.
Here comes SPE cables as the better alternative –
By replacing 4 pair cables in conventional Ethernet with one pair, SPE cables brought about a significant advantage in connecting security systems, diagnostics, vehicle sensors and autonomous vehicle technology.
For automobiles, this reduction in internal cabling weight not only reduces the overall costs of raw material, but also increases fuel efficiency. Conventional fieldbuses, too, have proven their advantages over Ethernet, by controlling the exchange of information between sensors and actuators with the control level (PLC). The next aim is therefore to replace these BUS systems with SPE systems and cables as soon as possible, with these advantages: