Davis, Calif. " Rabbit has launched two single board computers (SBCs), the BL4S100 and the BL4S200, that feature either Wi-Fi or ZigBee connectivity, a microprocessor, memory and abundant I/O that allow easy deployment of wireless nodes for industrial, commercial and medical applications.
Combining control, I/O and connectivity on a single board makes it easy for engineers to add wireless connectivity and control to devices like vision systems, wireless industrial control systems, printing systems, automatic meter reading devices, industrial ventilation systems and HVAC systems.
The new SBCs also allow design engineers to gather and control data from ZigBee nodes and uplink the data to a server via Ethernet, providing an easy to deploy ZigBee-to-Ethernet gateway.
The BL4S100 series offers both ZigBee and Ethernet connectivity and provides embedded design engineers a means to create machine control and data acquisition products without the burden of cables and wiring harnesses. ZigBee nodes can be deployed at various control points and connected wirelessly to the BL4S100 board.
The BL4S100 SBC can then gather and collate the data from the ZigBee nodes and uplink it to a server via Ethernet. For example, hospitals can use the BL4S100 to link instruments via ZigBee to a server to maintain patient data. It can also be used in a similar network configuration to control temperature and lighting in a building.
The high-performance BL4S200 series delivers higher clock speeds and twice the I/O as the BL4S100 series and offers a choice of Wi-Fi or ZigBee connectivity. It is designed for applications that require significant digital and analog I/O such as data logging, instrument reading, and controlling motors, relays and solenoids.
For example, companies can deploy ZigBee peer-to- peer networks using the BL4S200 series to control and monitor production processes, then uplink data to a central command system.
Based on the Rabbit 4000 microprocessor, the BL4S100 series features analog inputs, general purpose I/O, serial ports, and ZigBee and 10 Base-T Ethernet connectivity to provide design resources for commercial and industrial applications. Digi's XBee ZB RF modules are also compatible with other manufacturers' ZigBee PRO compliant devices, providing node choice flexibility.
Based on the Rabbit 4000 and Rabbit 5000 microprocessors, the BL4S200 series features Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Ethernet networking options. It also includes a broad range of configurable I/O resources, I/O expansion using Rabbit's RIO chip, and multi-channel analog inputs and outputs.
BL4S100 and BL4S200 development kits are available that include the essential hardware and software tools necessary, including Rabbit's Dynamic C integrated development environment, to make embedded development easy.
BL4S100 kits are available for $199. BL4S200 kits are available for $299. BL4S100 SBCs are available in 500+ quantities starting at $98. BL4S200 SBCs are available in 500+ quantities starting at $176. For more information, visit www.rabbit.com.