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Rabbit has introduced the BL4S100 and BL4S200, single board computers (SBCs) that feature either Wi-Fi or Zigbee connectivity, a microprocessor, memory and abundant I/O.

This combination of control, I/O and connectivity allows engineers to add wireless connectivity and control to devices such as vision systems, wireless industrial control systems, printing systems, automatic meter reading devices and HVAC systems.

They also allow design engineers to gather and control data from Zigbee nodes and uplink the data to a server via Ethernet providing a Zigbee-to-Ethernet gateway.

‘With Rabbit SBCs, embedded developers start with a virtually complete piece of hardware and only have to add software and an enclosure to create a product,’ said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International.

The BL4S100 series offers both Zigbee and Ethernet connectivity and provides embedded design engineers a straightforward approach for machine control and data acquisition without cables and wiring harnesses.

It allows design engineers to deploy Zigbee nodes at various control points and connect those nodes 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 BL4S200 delivers higher clock speeds and twice the I/O as the BL4S100 and offers a choice of Wi-Fi or Zigbee connectivity.

It is suitable for applications that require significant digital and analogue I/O such as data logging, instrument reading, plus 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 analogue 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 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, plus multi-channel analogue inputs and outputs.

BL4S100 and BL4S200 development kits are available that include the essential hardware and software tools for embedded development.

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