New software release for professional level: Hirschmann™ Software Release 8.0

The most powerful operating system for Industrial Ethernet switches

With the new 8.0 release, managed switches from the MACH, MICE, Rail and OCTOPUS families from Hirschmann™ not only have more standard features than any other network devices in the automation field, but also offer a host of special functions.


Depending on the switch family, these include tools such as an integrated IEC61850 server for seamless integration into data networks for power generation and distribution. A PTP power profile according to IEEE C37.238 also allows you to accurately synchronize these networks. Thanks to support for Jumbo frames, which ensure optimum utilization of user data, high-resolution video applications are also possible.

Furthermore, in addition to extensions for PROFINET and Ethernet/IP, the new release for all four switch families offers additional mechanisms for detecting overload situations as well as improved diagnostic, documentation and encryption mechanisms. For example, you can transmit diagnostic information directly to controllers, making the switch an integral component of the respective application.

Like the previous version, the new software release 8.0 supports extensive management, diagnostic and filter functions, as well as various redundancy methods, security mechanisms and real-time applications. This gives you the most powerful operating system currently available for Industrial Ethernet switches. As a result, you can implement demanding applications in the energy industry, the oil and gas sector and the automotive industry for example.

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Belden presents new software platform 8.0 from its Hirschmann product portfolio