HMS Industrial Networks AB, HMS Product Innovation Award

The Anybus NP40 network processor from HMS rated best in class by Frost & Sullivan. The independent research company Frost & Sullivan has presented HMS Industrial Networks with the "2013 European Industrial Communication Processors New Product Innovation Award". The award recognizes HMS's new network processor, the Anybus NP40, as best in class in a global comparison. High functionality, flexibility and easy integration were some of the features acknowledged by the research team at Frost & Sullivan.

The Anybus NP40 is the new network processor from HMS Industrial Networks and the  core component in the upcoming Anybus CompactCom 40-series. Anybus CompactCom is a line of communication interfaces in chip, brick or module formats which are embedded into industrial devices to enable communication with an industrial network.

Enabling multi-network connectivity for demanding industrial applications

The Anybus CompactCom 40-series, based on the Anybus NP40 network processor, supports all major industrial networks but is especially suitable for high-end industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications. Since the NP40 processor practically offers "zero delay" between the device and the network, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications with fast network cycles and synchronization demands such as servo drive systems.

The Anybus NP40 processor makes life easier for device manufacturers since they can use the same CompactCom hardware to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (for example EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or Modbus-TCP).

9.4 out of 10

After a thorough benchmark of the available industrial communication processors on the market, Frost & Sullivan has deemed the Anybus NP40 to be the best available industrial communication processor. The key criteria used in the benchmark were:

Innovative Element of the Product   

Leverage of Leading-Edge Technologies   

Value Added Features/Benefits   

Increased Customer ROI   

Customer Acquisition/Penetration Potential

Each of the five criteria was graded on a scale of 1-10 and the Anybus NP40 reached an average score of 9.4 while the closest competitor reached 6.6.

Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Emil Lazarski states:

"Features such as an innovative design and high functionality, combined with the ability to support various industrial networks in a user-friendly and cost-effective manner, make these chips very attractive to diverse end users, such as equipment manufacturers who will have the possibility to offer universal communication interfaces to their customers. In addition, compared to competing alternatives, all solutions based on the NP40 can gain from having a highly integrated design and being more compact. This beneficial for customers because they can easily integrate HMS Industrial Networks' solution into their final product with a minimal physical footprint."

"We are very proud to receive this award," comments Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. "We have worked with industrial networking for a long time and the Anybus NP40 incorporates this experience into a very competent processor. This award recognizes that we are on the right track for taking this technology even further and that we have the best solution on the market."

HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of embedded network technology for automation devices. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for interfacing automation devices to industrial networks. Development and manufacturing takes place at the head office in Halmstad, Sweden. Local sales and support is provided by the HMS branch offices in Chicago, Beijing, Karlsruhe, Milan, Mulhouse and Tokyo. HMS employs over 240 people and reported sales of Euros42.5 million in 2011. HMS was formed in 1988 and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm in the category Small Cap, Information Technology with ISIN SE0002136242.

HMS Industrial Networks

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30245 Halmstad


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Phone: +46 351729 93

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