What is ARCNET?
ARCNET was developed by Datapoint in the U.S.A. and was successfully applied in office LANs.
Fixed to a data rate of 2.5 Mbit/s it was repelled by the faster Ethernet in this sector, as the fast transfer of huge amounts of data is paramount in offices, while real-time operation is not required.
Yet this latter property is demanded by industrial applications.
SMSC launched a family of ARCNET controllers taylored to usage in the fieldbus area as well as on device-internal backplanes. These are applied in large numbers in various industrial and medical sectors making ARCNET one of the most widespread network solutions
Here you will find further information about ARCNET.