|[March 25, 2014]
Echelon Introduces IzoT™ in a Box for Easy Development of Multi-Protocol Systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the world's leading control
networking platform provider, today introduced the FT 6000 Evaluation
and Development Kit (EVK), targeted at developers who are creating,
testing and deploying devices and control applications for the
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The FT 6000 EVK packages the
essential elements of Echelon's IzoT™ platform for the IIoT into an
aggressively priced and easy-to-use kit for IIoT developers looking to
create wired devices using the ISO 14908-compatible Free Topology (FT)
Echelon's IzoT platform is an IP-enabled family of chips, stacks,
interfaces and management software that enables the development of
devices, peer-to-peer device communities and software applications for
the IIoT. The FT 6000 EVK 'IzoT in a Box' (News - Alert) includes evaluation boards
based on the FT 6050 System-on-Chip (SoC), a router to connect the
FT-based device network to Ethernet, development tools to develop
devices and applications on the boards, and software to commission and
manage the device network. With the EVK, developers can create devices
that support multiple protocols and that are backward-compatible with
LonWorks® and BACnet® device networks.
"Echelon is driving the evolution of control networking for the IIoT,
supporting multiple legacy protocols while enabling industrial
businesses to move into the future world of IP-enabled devices," said
Varun Nagaraj, senior vice president and general manager, Internet of
Things, Echelon. "The IIoT is already among the largest segments of the
Internet of Things, and by 2022 it is expected to surpass the Human
Internet of Things (HIoT) in both number of devices and financial
impact. The FT 6000 EVK provides developers with a rock-solid, proven
and complete development environment to build their IIoT devices and
applications, reliably and quickly."
The FT 6000 EVK includes following:
Two Evaluation Boards (EVBs) with FT 6050 SoCs, a comprehensive set of
inputs and outputs (I/O), and simple sensors and actuators for
prototyping the IIoT device and device community.
Five FT 6050 SoCs for developers to build custom device hardware after
completing the prototypes on the evaluation boards.
One IzoT Router to connect between the FT-based device network and an
Ethernet network. The IzoT Router also includes IzoT Server stack
software and an FT terminator.
IzoT NodeBuilder software, for developing and testing embedded device
software on the EVBs or on the custom device.
IzoT Commissioning Tool/EVK Edition, for installing and managing the
EVB-based or custom devices and device network.
The FT 6000 EVK follows Echelon's January 2014 announcement
of the multiprotocol FT 6050 IzoT-enabled SoC, a single-chip
solution for providing reliable, cost-effective, flexible wired IP
connectivity for creating communities of devices in the IIoT. More
broadly, the FT 6000 EVK builds upon Echelon's more than 25 years of
expertise having deployed more than 110 million control devices for
industrial networks worldwide.
FT 6000 EVK Speeds and Simplifies Creation of IIoT Applications and
Using the Echelon FT 6000 EVK, developers can rapidly create IP-enabled
multiprotocol devices based on the FT 6050 SoC. Benefits of the FT 6000
The FT technology is the best alternative for developing wired devices
for the IIoT. According to market analysts IHS (News - Alert), wired connections will
continue to account for more than 50 percent of all IIoT connections.
A multi-drop IP network, FT is a superior alternative to either RS 485
or Ethernet for such applications, offering the ideal balance of
reliability, ease of installation and cost.
Devices developed using the FT 6050 can be backward-compatible with
LonWorks and BACnet device networks. This multiprotocol ability
greatly increases the addressable market and fit for the new devices.
Devices developed using the FT 6050 are multi-personality in that they
can be installed and simultaneously managed as LonWorks- and
BACnet-compatible devices. This allows the device OEM to reduce the
number of unique product lines and R&D required for participating
broadly in the market.
Using the Echelon tools packaged in the FT 6000 EVK, developers can
significantly reduce their time to market and development risk.
The FT 6000 EVK also eases integration of existing control systems
into the IIoT, so that both legacy and new devices and applications
can use Internet Protocol (IP) to intercommunicate.
Price and Availability
The FT 6000 EVK will begin shipping in Q2 2014 at a USD list price of
$895. It can be ordered online at store.echelon.com
starting March 30, 2014, and through other authorized distributors when
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), a pioneer in developing
open-standard control networking platforms, delivers all the elements
necessary to design, install, monitor and control industrial-strength
'communities of devices' within the lighting, building automation, grid,
Internet of Things, 'maker' and other markets worldwide. Echelon
develops and sells complete systems and subsystems for target
applications, plus system-on-chips (SoCs), embedded software, and
commissioning and management tools for OEMs. With more than 100 million
Echelon-powered devices installed worldwide, the company helps its
customers easily and safely migrate existing control systems to the most
modern platforms, while bringing new devices and applications into an
ever-growing global Industrial Internet. Echelon helps its customers
reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and safety, grow revenues
and perform better in both established and emerging markets. More
information about Echelon can be found at iiot.echelon.com
and at the company's blog at blog.echelon.com.
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