Five years after the open source POWERLINK stack was first published on SourceForge.net as openPOWERLINK, the download count crossed another threshold in September 2013. By surpassing the 20,000 mark, openPOWERLINK has set a new download record for an industrial communication stack.
Stefan Schönegger, managing director of the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group, says: "The decision to make openPOWERLINK available as a free download has brought sustained growth in the number of system integrators using this advanced communication standard. In addition to being free, POWERLINK is also the first and only industrial real-time Ethernet standard to fulfill every aspect of open source software - all of which have contributed to its success."
openPOWERLINK, the open source software stack used to implement the POWERLINK real-time Ethernet communication standard, meets every criteria for open source software. Equipped for both master and slave implementations, it is available for a wide range of operating systems, including Windows, Linux (including real-time variants using the RT-preempt patch) and VxWorks, and has been designed for easy portability to any hardware platform and operating system.
Most significantly, openPOWERLINK is available under a BSD licence, which grants system designers full rights to the software and makes POWERLINK the only vendor-independent Ethernet-based industrial communication standard around.
It therefore comes as no surprise that more and more device and systems manufacturers are integrating POWERLINK into their products. openPOWERLINK download numbers are soaring - with no sign of slowing anytime soon.
To learn more about openPOWERLINK please go to www.ethernet-powerlink.org.