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Product Release Sweden 20-07-2021

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Release of IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for Relion® SAM600-IO

We are pleased to announce the release of IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for the Relion® SAM600-IO.

The evolution of Relion SAM600-IO series continues with this release.

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We are pleased to announce the release of IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for the Relion® SAM600-IO. With this release, we bring several new features and enhancements with focus on digital substation applications.

The SAM600 product family addresses the growing market of digital substations with IEC 61850 compatible merging units interfacing conventional current and voltage instrument transformers. With the introduction of Relion® SAM600-IO version 2.2, we further enhance the product family, specifically for interfacing primary apparatus, such as circuit breakers, disconnectors, earth switches and transformer tap changers to the IEC 61850 process bus directly from the switchyard.

Key system features such as support for several Ethernet communication ports, PRP, HSR and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) according IEEE 802 redundancy method, COMTRADE-2013 format and precision time  synchronization following the IEC/IEEE 61850-9-3 profile have been introduced in place since the launch of version 2.2. Also, process bus sampled values via IEC/UCA 61850-9-2LE are now supported in all products of the Relion® SAM600-IO. A number of system and cybersecurity features bring enhancements to these already available features.

New features and benefits

This new version of the IED Connectivity Package for Relion SAM600-IO enables the interaction between the Relion SAM600-IO version 2.2 IEDs and the Protection and control IED manager PCM600 version 2.10 or later.

The new IED connectivity package enables handling of enhanced flexible product naming, extended Ethernet and protocol configuration, easy GOOSE engineering and reading of COMTRADE 2013 format disturbance recordings from the Relion® SAM600-IO version 2.2.

The new connectivity package enables support for the following new features in PCM600 version 2.10 and Relion® SAM600-IO version 2.2:

·       Support for projects with IEDs that have flexible product naming enabled and IEDs with regular IEC 61850 data model.

·       Easy configuration of the, up to six, Ethernet ports.

·       Easy and simple protocol configuration for enhanced defense in depth protection.

·       GOOSE engineering made efficient with the easy GOOSE engineering feature

·       Simple configuration of merging units for IEC/UCA 61850-9-2LE

·       An easy way to configure routes for the TCP/IP protocols of the IED

·       Account management tool (support for active directory)

·       Enhanced session management

·       FIPS compliance support

·       Mixed IEC 61850 edition 1 and 2 support

·       Extended UDN length support

·       COMTRADE 2013 support

·       Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) according IEEE 802

The new connectivity package also contains fix for PCM600 timeout error while reading disturbance recordings. In case you face this issue, we strongly recommend that you update to this version of Connectivity Package. For detailed information on what is new in the Relion SAM600-IO version 2.2 IEDs, please refer to the release note 1MRG040293.

Supported products

The IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for Relion® SAM600-IO is compatible with, and supports, the following products:

·       SAM600-IO IEDs version 2.2

·       Protection and Control IED Manager PCM600 version 2.10 or later

Installation of this IED Connectivity Package

To install the IED connectivity package for Relion® SAM600-IO, please follow the instruction below:

1.       Ensure that PCM600 version 2.10 with PCM600 2.10 Hotfix 20210622 or later has been installed

2.       Install the IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for Relion SAM600-IO

3.       Install required IED modules

The connectivity package and IED modules can be installed from the USB memory delivered with the Relion SAM600-IO IED or from the PCM600 version 2.10 update manager. Please note that this IED connectivity package must be installed to be able to interact with the Relion SAM600-IO IEDs via PCM600.

Support for PCM600 version 2.10

The connectivity package for Relion® SAM600-IO IEDs contains object types and methods for the PCM600 tool. A module for SAM600-IO provide support for the following functionalities:

·       Application configuration

·       Parameter setting with graphical support

·       Signal matrix

·       Signal monitoring

·       Disturbance handling (COMTRADE 1999/2013 format disturbance recordings)

·       Event viewer (internal, process and security events)

·       Ethernet configuration (protocol, IEC/UCA 61850-9-2LE and route configuration)

·       User management

·       IED configuration migration

·       IED summary

·       Flexible product naming

·       Easy GOOSE engineering

IED configuration migration

This revision of the IED Connectivity Package for Relion® SAM600-IO products features IED configuration migration tool support for migrating projects containing Relion® SAM600-IO version 2.2.1 to version 2.2.5. For more information, please refer to the "Configuration Migration for SAM600-IO in PCM600 version 2.10 and later", 1MRG040285.

Read me guideline

There are certain guidelines related to the new connectivity package and the data migration. For more information, please refer to the read me document, 1MRG040232.

IED Connect – a unique concept

The IED Connect provides you an IED specific connectivity package that contains a complete description of the protection and control IEDs you have ordered. This description consists, for instance, of data signals, parameters, addresses and IED documentation. The signal data is configured based on the information provided by the connectivity package, which allows you to efficiently establish connection between the IED and the IED tools (e.g. Protection and control IED manager PCM600). Additionally, the IED Connect simplifies the system engineering and minimizes the risk of errors in integration of the IEDs in Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ system products and tools (e.g. MicroSCADA X, SDM600 and COM600 Station Automation series).

Documentation and marketing material

The product guides, technical manuals, technical summary sheets and brochures are available via

Ordering and delivery

The IED Connect USB memory containing the IED Connectivity Package version 1.2 for Relion® SAM600-IO is always included in the Relion® SAM600-IO product delivery. The USB memory contains the complete technical documentation of the Relion SAM600-IO version 2.2. The new version of the IED connectivity package can also be downloaded via the PCM600 update manager, together with the required IED modules for the above-mentioned product releases.


Kind regards,

Thomas Werner

Global Product Manager
Hitachi ABB Power Grids - Grid Automation

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