Echelon Introduces IzoT™ in a Box for Easy Development of Multi-Protocol
Systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
FT 6000 Kit speeds the development of devices for the IIoT while providing
valuable compatibility with existing control networks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- March 25, 2014
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
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’ 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 Devices
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 EVK
*The FT technology is the best alternative for developing wired devices for
the IIoT. According to market analysts IHS, 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 shipping.
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 or www.echelon.com, and at the
company's blog at blog.echelon.com.
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