NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. here has released a software development kit for creating networked applications using Internet-enabled device-networking software from emWare Inc.
The Network MicroConverter Kit is based on the high precision ADuC812 MicroConverter, a data acquisition system on a chip, which features an 8-channel, 12-bit accurate analog-to-digital converter, two 12-bit DACs (digital-to-analog converter) and an integrated Flash microcontroller core on a single 52-lead PQFP device.
Additional hardware on the Network MicroConverter Kit's PC board includes RS-232 and RS-485 line drivers/receivers that allow multidrop serial communications to on-chip Flash/EEPROM.
Analog Devices, which is a member of emWare's Extend the Internet (ETI) Alliance, said the kit is designed to aid prototyping in the integration of networking capabilities in applications that require require high-performance, low-cost devices while allowing remote control and monitoring capabilities.
"The Network MicroConverter Kit enables the evaluation, development and implementation of Internet sensor networks for industrial automation markets based upon the Analog Devices' MicroConverter family," said Tremont Miao, product line director for precision measurement and control products at Analog Devices. "We feel that with the addition of networking capabilities, the Network MicroConverter is the most complete, flexible and accurate analog acquisition instrument."
The embedded emWare software includes emMicro, emGateway, and the EMIT Access Library, which provide a complete and flexible device-to-user networking solution. The emMicro networking software component is a tiny device object server that resides on the microcontroller or microprocessor of the device and can use as little as 1 kilobyte of space (see story from the Nov. 1, 1998, online publication).
"The addition of Analog Devices' Network MicroConverter Kit, in conjunction with the existing EMIT-enabled development kits from other ETI Alliance members, extends the vision of the ETI Alliance to offer networking opportunities to any device," said Scott Raban, vice president of marketing at emWare, headquartered in Salt Lake City. "The MicroConverter Kit provides a cost-effective, device-networking development environment for those products that require the high performance and data acquisition functionality that Analog Devices' products are known for."
Other ETI Alliance members have released development kits or demonstration boards, including Hitachi, Philips Semiconductors, Mitsubishi, Microchip Technology, Motorola, and microEngineering Labs.
The Network MicroConverter Kit from Analog Devices will be available beginning Dec. 20, for $99 through emWare's emStore at http://www.emstore.com ).