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WIRELESS/RF – Rabbit launches first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation

Minnetonka, Minn. – The Rabbit 6000 is the industry's first embedded wireless communications and control system on chip (SoC) targeted for industrial automation applications. The Rabbit 6000 is designed to reduce the time to market of network-enabled industrial devices.

Rabbit plans to release other versions of its MiniCore series of ultra-compact, low-profile, low-cost networking modules based on this new processor. According to the company, the networking speed performance of the new MiniCore modules will be six times faster than previous MiniCore modules, and the already low power requirements will be reduced even further.

The Rabbit 6000 features integrated 10/100 Base-T Ethernet and secure 802.11a/b/g with WPA2 support for the highest levels of security. It also offers an industrial control feature set that includes pulse width modulation (PWM), pulse position modulation (PPM) and quadrature decoder outputs for efficient industrial motor control.

The new chip has an onboard analog-to-digital (A/D) converter with 12-bit resolution to enable measurement of sensor data such as water, temperature and humidity. The new chip features USB 2.0 full-speed host and two on-board Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) that enable further protocol support such as CANbus, Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO).

Digi will introduce pin-compatible and interchangeable wired and wireless MiniCore modules based on the Rabbit 6000. The MiniCore family provides a rich embedded feature set on an ultra-compact mini PCI Express form factor. The small size makes it easy for customers to place wired or wireless network connectivity anywhere on a mother board. Systems developers can easily interchange MiniCore family products to tailor connectivity for any given application.

Early adopter MiniCore development kits will be available in April.'For more information visit www.rabbit.com/products/Minicores/.

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