The Ethernet network which is the first gigabit in size is extended down to the field device level, known as CC-Link IE Field. The best of existing technologies have been combined and applied to a highly reliable architecture with exceptional data bandwidth and transaction rates. Cat5E cable and RJ 45 connectors are commercially used for the new network.
The major differentiating factor from other Industrial Ethernet solutions is that the CC-Link IE Field Network is delivered with control communication which is deterministic without the need for additional Ethernet switches.
The hardware and the engineering implementation costs of those switches are eliminated. The cost and need for communication statements to be developed are governed by the flow of data which can be eliminated due to the shared memory concept of CC-Link IE Field without needing the protocol knowledge. CC-Link IE field token-passing technique is guaranteed with determinism. It ensures great flexibility. These topologies include star, line, mixed star, and line and ring. A total of 254 stations are there within a single network which is up to 328 feet (ca. 100 m) of Cat5E cable. Additionally, 239 networks are interconnected in the vast exchange of data suit for any application.
Cat5E is one of the Ethernet cables which is grouped as per the sequential category number based on different specifications or testing standards. The category helps us to identify the cable type suited for the following application.
RJ45 (Registered Jack) is commonly used for Ethernet networking that looks similar to a telephone jack but wider slightly. As the connector is available at both the ends of the Ethernet cable, it sometimes called RJ45 cables. It is usually a standardizing network interface and the number defines the standard used for the Ethernet application. The connector is with eight pins, it means, it contains eight wires.