Scheduled for September 21, 2011, the Webcast reviews the isolation challenges in industrial automation and advantages of digital isolators over traditional optocoupler based solutions

Norwood, MA (09/14/2011) - (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in semiconductors for high-performance signal processing applications, will broadcast its "Solving Isolation Challenges in Industrial Automation" webcast on September 21, 2011, at 12:00 pm EDT. Using the specific design challenges of an RS-485 network, this 60-minute webcast will discuss the role isolation plays in providing protection and reducing the system bit-error-rate and show the advantages of digital isolators over traditional solutions, such as optocouplers.

About The 'Solving Isolation Challenges in Industrial Automation' Webcast

Long distances between nodes, along with the harsh noisy industrial automation environment, pose challenges for equipment protection and data integrity in industrial automation networks. This webcast will discuss the role digital isolators play in providing protection and reducing the system bit-error-rate, specifically when an RS-485 network presents its own set of challenges. Topics to be covered in this webcast include:

  • Why and when to use isolation
  • The major types of isolation and the advantages of each
  • Key design considerations for an RS-485 node and how this translates to design considerations for signal isolation

Additionally, this webcast will explain data rate and timing considerations, recommend network configurations, considerations for improving system reliability and different isolated power configurations with associated trade-offs for an RS-485 node.

Who Should Attend

The webcast is recommended for engineers and students new to the field, as well as those more experienced engineers and system architects who are involved with industrial communication systems.

The Presenter

This webcast will be led by Colm Ronan, marketing and applications manager in ADI's High-speed Signal-conditioning Group. Colm joined ADI in 1999 and has served in several design engineering, applications engineering and marketing roles. Based in ADI's facility in Limerick, Ireland, Colm holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork and an MBA from the University of Limerick.

Register for ADI's "Solving Isolation Challenges in Industrial Automation" webcast, September 21, 12:00 PM EDT at

Learn more about Analog Devices' broad range of digital isolator products including interface IC products that include RS-232, RS-485, USB and LVDS (low voltage differential signaling) protocols by visiting:

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