Updated standard is faster, more scalable, and backward compatible
The FDT Group today announced that it will be releasing to its membership a draft of the new FDT 2.0 specification for review on June 30, 2010. The enhanced specification retains backward compatibility with the current implementation of the standard while significantly enhancing its performance. Although many new features and capabilities have been added, the number of interfaces between the DTM and the Frame have been halved to make it easier for manufacturers to create FDT based Frames and DTMs. The FDT Group has previously announced an integrated development environment, FDTExpress, to further aid in the rapid and compliant creation of DTMs for the updated FDT 2.0 specification.
“A few years ago, the FDT Standard introduced game changing technology that has been extremely well received by end users and manufacturers. Our updated FDT 2.0 standard builds on this success with the ultimate combination of more features, faster performance, and easier interfaces,” states Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group, “We remain true to our long standing commitment to the market of backward compatibility even as we take this significant step forward.”
The FDT Group members will enter into a formal review process for the draft standard. Public release of the final version of the FDT 2.0 standard is expected in late 2010 at which time it will be available on the FDT Group website www.fdtgroup.org.
About the FDT Group AISBL™
The FDT Group AISBL is a non-profit corporation consisting of over 60 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.