Analog Devices Inc. acquired this week provider of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions Innovasic to add a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
This acquisition joins ADI’s recent acquisition of the Cyber Security Solutions (CSS) business of Sypris Electronics that signals its commitment to IoT security and strengthens the company’s ability to deliver highly robust solutions from node to cloud.
The Innovasic team will join ADI’s Industrial Automation Business Unit and operate as a key technology group, developing the company’s Deterministic Ethernet technology solutions and continuing to supply industrial customers with its portfolio of long life-cycle semiconductors. The team will be led by Jordon Woods, Innovasic’s co-founder and COO, and continue to be based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
With the industrial automation market already transitioning from serial fieldbus to Ethernet connectivity, and with the simultaneous push toward a ubiquitous Industrial IoT, there is a need for highly reliable, real-time Ethernet connectivity for sensitive industrial automation applications.
The acquisition of Innovasic will give ADI customers immediate access to a set of innovative solutions for today’s Industrial Ethernet applications while also creating a best-in-class roadmap for future connectivity needs like Industrial IoT. These solutions will complement ADI’s existing high-performance Industrial Automation solutions, including Software Configurable IO, Field Instruments, and efficient servo drives.
“In environments such as automotive manufacturing, where teams of robots are working in tandem in harsh and noisy conditions, our automation customers demand robust, synchronized, network technology,” said Kevin Carlin, general manager of ADI’s automation business unit. “These customers also strive to achieve the efficiency and cost improvements promised by wider deployment of Ethernet with the upcoming Industrial IoT. The IEEE has recognized that new standards will be required to enable Ethernet to meet the determinism demands for these emerging applications and is developing the new Time Sensitive Networks (TSN) standards. Innovasic technology not only addresses today’s Industrial Ethernet, but has also been demonstrated to address some of the early requirements of these new IEEE TSN standards. With this acquisition, ADI is now able to offer its customers a path forward from the sensor to the connected future of Industrial IoT.”
“We are excited to become part of Analog Devices and its ‘Smart Automation’ solution set,” said Woods. “Innovasic and ADI have both pursued solutions to customers’ most challenging technical problems while committing to maintain long product life cycles to meet the unique requirements of the industrial market. Together, we will be able to effectively and efficiently solve the communications needs of customers serving the most demanding industrial automation environments on the planet.”
Analog Devices entered this week into an alliance with ARM to provide ultralow power microcontrollers (MCUs) that enable more secure and energy efficient IoT based devices.
By combining ADI’s ultralow power mixed- signal technology with the new ARM Cortex-M33 processor featuring ARM TrustZone technology, ADI is addressing the growing need for data security in power-constrained IoT applications. As the world becomes increasingly connected, securing every node is critical to extending the growth of IoT adoption.