Aimed to offer a robust Ethernet interface for high-speed data transmission rates for industrial automation, the new standard will be promoted by both companies.
"As a form of the Internet of Things, there is one thing that 'Industry 4.0' requires above all else: an Ethernet connection to each and every 'Industry 4.0' component," explained Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board at the HARTING Technology Group. "The standardization and international norms for new high-performance components and infrastructure is an essential requirement for market success and provides planning security."
Hirose, which has played a significant role in the miniaturization of consumer connectors such as micro-USB (USB2.0, 3.0, and 3.1), will focus on the industrial market and apply its expertise to provide high-end miniaturized connectivity solutions for 'Industry 4.0'.
Pooling their respective strengths, the two connector manufacturers will partner on the development of a new industrial Ethernet interface specifically aimed at 'Industry 4.0' applications.
"Our customers benefit from the bundled expertise of two technology leaders, on one hand, and global presence and customer proximity on the other," said Hirose-President, Kazunori Ishii in a joint company statement.
Further details about this cooperation are to be expected at electronica or SPS/IPC Drives.