Xilinx, Fanox’s supplier, filmed a video about its technology applied to the SIC-A Protocol Gateway

Last month of October, the US Company Xilinx manufacturer of FPGAs, visited Fanox in relation to “Powered by Xilinx” campaign, to film a video about how the incorporation of their technology in our Protocol Gateway SIC-A, gets the best Communication Solutions for our customers.

With the “Smart Grid” concept evolution, the energy generation is not restricted by specific generation centers. A huge radial infrastructure requires an advanced communication infrastructure. This concept includes not only the latest Ethernet protocols; also the redundant protocols become indispensable. This technology implies an important technology leap for the industry, due to the transmission of a huge amount of data, in many cases in real time, is required, and that’s why the SIC-A Redundant Protocol Gateway arises.

The device provides with HSR (High-availability Seamless Redundancy) is one of the chosen redundancy protocols for the substation automation as per the IEC 61850 standard. . This redundancy is the evolution of the existing Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP).

It is especially suited for applications that demand high availability and very short switch over time because it provides zero recovery time in case of the failure of any component. A good example of application may be the protection of automatized electrical substations or the control of synchronized drives, for instance.

Besides, SIC-A supports the following protocols: IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, DNP3 serial/TCP, Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP, IEC 62056 – DLMS, IEC 61400, …

The great potential of the used FPGAs, will make possible to face the next incoming step related to the time synchronization according to IEEE 1588, a standard for high accuracy clock synchronization.

Fanox has an experience of more than 25 years in the design and manufacture of protection relays and just in this field is where Fanox is an specialist and global benchmark thanks to self powered protection relays. The electricity demand increase obliges to the distribution substations to include the newest developments. Utilities around the world believe in our technology.