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Newly Redesigned ARCNET Resource Center

Sedona Alliance LogoFebruary 2017 - For those of you interested in learning more about ARCNET, the ARCNET Resource Center has been updated and given a new home at

ARCNET is designated as a high-speed local area network (LAN) well-suited for real-time control applications in both the industrial and commercial marketplaces. Its proven design, robust performance and the availability of low-cost silicon have made it the network of choice between embedded microcontrollers.

Originally developed by Datapoint Corporation in the mid-70s and moved to silicon in 1982, ARCNET continues to find new applications well beyond its original intention as a network for an Attached Resource Computer (ARCNET). The mission of the ARCNET Resource Center is to provide a single depository of information to assist designers, integrators and users of this robust networking technology. Technical contributions to this resource center are encouraged from those who believe that ARCNET continues to play a unique role in embedded networking.

Ever since we developed an ARCNET adapter in the early 1980’s, we’ve been interested and supportive of the technology. We were the catalyst for creating the ARCNET Trade Association (ATA) in 1987 to better publicize this technology to the automation world. The ARCNET Trade Association (ATA) is no longer an active organization, but the ARCNET standard ATA 878.1-1999 is available for free to the public by download from the ARCNET Resource Center.

With the sale of more than 22 million nodes of ARCNET across the continents, this technology is alive and well in diverse industries. The ARCNET Resource Center will strive to provide as much assistance as possible to allow users around the globe to work smarter and more efficiently with this technology. Visit and let us know what you think by emailing

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