Molex announced Single Pair Ethernet Technology as new offering in its future product portfolio

Molex has announced Single Pair Ethernet Technology as a new offering in its future product portfolio. Molex will preview the offering at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) 2022 Showcase in Nuremberg, Germany on November 8-10.

The single pair cable connection solution goes well beyond conventional Ethernet capabilities to expand IP connectivity in automated factory settings. SPE’s higher data rates on long cable runs eliminate transmission bottlenecks in field-level network operations and industrial internet of things (IIoT) infrastructure.

Current IIoT networks are often incomplete, containing “islands” of devices connected only indirectly through bespoke, analog or proprietary gateways. Single Pair Ethernet Technology delivers Internet connectivity and power directly to essential devices, eliminating the need for fieldbus configurations. Open IP protocol through SPE enables industrial operations to bridge the gap between the cloud and remote systems.

Certified for High Speed in Long Cable Lengths

SPE delivers Ethernet transmission via a single copper-cable pair. In addition to data transmission, it also supports the simultaneous power supply of the end devices through Power over Data Line (PoDL) — similar to Ethernet-over-Line (EoL) — with an output of up to 50 W.

This latest evolution of Ethernet technology is transforming data accessibility and device control for intelligent industrial applications. Compliant SPE solutions include connectivity for IP20 and IP67 ratings.

The future product releases will meet Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards for up to 1 kilometer of cable length. SPE can achieve 10 Mbps per IEEE 802.3cg, 1 Gbps per IEEE 802.3bw. Molex plans to reach 10 Gbps for a newly developed standard IEEE 802.3ch. It is expected that SPE use in these categories can replace almost all existing fieldbus types.

Single Pair Ethernet Technology offers industries faster, easier and less expensive input and output (I/O) installation to reduce new build costs and a clear path of migration from legacy networks. Devices, sensors and actuators can be easily integrated into the existing Ethernet environment without additional interfaces.

A Smaller, Lightweight Design for Industry 4.0

The new SPE from Molex has passed the verification and certification stages. This means it will soon be ready for deployment, marking a key milestone in the evolution of industrial IoT,” said Mark Schuerman, Senior Manager of Business Development in Global Market Segments, Molex. “This product is intended to close connectivity and control gaps in industrial networks, making it essential in the implementation of IIoT strategies, prompting Molex ‘s commitment to SPE as the new Ethernet model.”

In contrast to conventional Ethernet, which requires two or four pairs of wires, SPE only requires one pair, which reduces cost, bulk and weight. The product design features slimmer cables and compact connectors to fit cabling into tight spaces and rugged exteriors for long-term survivability in factory conditions.

Forging Single Pair Ethernet Technology and Adoption

The new standardized Ethernet platform has received support and investment from a wide range of industry leaders via the SPE Industrial Partner Network, a consortium of over 50 networking companies. As a premium member of the ecosystem, Molex has helped develop Single Pair Ethernet Technology with an eye on widespread adoption.

All members have committed to following interoperable standards, including using a standardized mating face under IEC 63171-6/-7. Thanks to the combination of excellent performance and standardization, it is expected that Single Pair Ethernet Technology can replace almost all fieldbus types, making it the ideal technology to help establish a migration path to Industry 4.0.

Smart Production Solutions 2022

● Molex will be joining other industrial automation leaders at SPS 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, November 8-10, Hall 10.0, #110.
● Visit Molex to see the SPE technology components on display and learn how the company is optimizing data transmission with the latest Ethernet capabilities.