PROFIBUS is the most successful open fieldbus used for automation technology which can be used for a wide range of applications. Standardization to IEC 61158 / EN 50170 provides future protection for your investment.

PROFIBUS defines the technical and functional features of a serial fieldbus system with which distributed programmable field controllers of the low-end (sensor/actuator level) to mid performance range (cell level) can be networked.

The demands of users for an open, vendor-independent communication system resulted in the specification and standardization of the PROFIBUS protocol.

Multi-vendor installations

Through the conformity and interoperability test performed by the test laboratories authorized by the PROFIBUS user organization (PNO) and the certification of the devices by the PNO, the user can rest assured that quality and functionality are also ensured for multi-vendor installations.

PROFIBUS variants

PROFIBUS FMS (Fieldbus Message Specification) – The universal solution for communication tasks on the field and cell level of the industrial communication hierarchy.

PROFIBUS PA (Process Automation) - The variant for applications in process automation. PROFIBUS PA uses the intrinsically safe transmission technology specified in IEC 61158-2.

PROFIBUS DP (Distributed Peripherals) - This variant, which is optimized for speed, is tailored especially for the communication of automation systems with distributed I/O stations and drives. The outstanding features of PROFIBUS DP are

  • Very short response times
  • High interference immunity

PROFIBUS replaces cost-intensive parallel signal transmission with 24 V and the measured value transmission with 0/4 mA to 20 mA technology.



Bus station

PROFIBUS DP distinguishes between two different master classes and one slave class:

Class 1 DP master

The DP master Class 1 is the central component in PROFIBUS DP. The central master station exchanges information with distributed stations (DP slaves) in a fixed, repeated message cycle.

Class 2 DP master

Devices of this type are used (programming, configuration or control devices) during start-up, for configuring the DP system, for diagnostics or controlling the plant during normal operation. A DP master Class 2 can be used, for example, to read the input, output, diagnostic and configuration data of the slaves.

DP slave

A DP slave is an I/O device which receives output information or setpoints from the DP master and sends input information, measured values or actual values to the DP master in response. A DP slave never sends data independently, it must always be prompted by the DP master.

The volume of input and output data depends on the device and can be up to 244 bytes per DP slave and transfer direction.

Functions on PROFIBUS DP

The functional scope can differ between DP masters and DP slaves. The functional scope is different for DP-V0, DP-V1 and DP-V2.


The DP master functions (DP-V0) comprise of the functions "Configuration", "Parameter assignment", "Read diagnostic data", as well as "Cyclic reading of input data/actual values" and "Writing output data/setpoints".


The additional DP function expansions (DP-V1) make it possible to perform non-isochronous read and write functions, as well as processing cyclic data communication. This type of slave must be supplied with extensive parameterization data during start-up and normal operation. These acyclically transferred parameterization data are only rarely changed in comparison to the cyclic setpoints, actual values, and measured values, and are transferred at lower priority in parallel with the cyclic high-speed useful data transfer. Detailed diagnostic information can be transferred in the same way.


The extended DP master functions (DP-V2) mainly comprise functions for isochronous operation and direct data exchange between DP slaves.

Isochronous mode is implemented by means of a signal with a constant bus cycle for the bus system. This isochronous, constant cycle is sent by the DP master to all bus stations in the form of a global control message. The master and slaves can then synchronize their applications with this signal. The signal jitter between cycles is less than 1 μs.

The so-called publisher/subscriber model is used to implement direct slave-to-slave communication. Slaves declared as publishers make their input data/actual values and measured values available to other slaves, the subscribers, for reading. This is performed by sending the response message to the master as a broadcast. Slave-to-slave communication is therefore a cyclic process.


SINAMICS S drives can operate only as DP slaves and support all communication functions, i.e. DP‑V0, DP‑V1 and DP‑V2.


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