Rabbit Debuts Wireless Control for Remote Monitoring

Rabbit Semiconductor(R), Inc. introduced the Wireless Control Application Kit which provides a development reference to interface a low-cost, license-free 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz wireless data modules from Maxstream(R) to a Rabbit-based embedded system. The system illustrates the versatility and simplicity of adding wireless connectivity to embedded applications such as remote monitoring, proximity sensor readings, wireless I/O control, and wireless data transmission.

The Wireless Control Application Kit contains a proven low power Rabbit LP3500 single board computer, and two MaxStream(R) RF Modules. The Rabbit LP3500 single board computer has 26 I/O, 8 analog input, 6 serial ports and a power save mode that draws less than 100µA. The 900 MHz Application Kit features the OEM XCite RF modem from Maxstream, intended for US applications. The 2.4 GHz Application Kit features the extended range XStream RF modem for projects worldwide. Both modems are functional replacements to a serial cable, so developers can do away with cumbersome hard wired solutions.

Sample programs and libraries are designed for quick out-of-the box development. A Modbus master PC application allows the user to control the single board computer as a Modbus wireless slave device. In addition, the PPP Host/Client direct wired/wireless support was developed to help demonstrate how to use common protocols like HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 over a wireless connection. These added protocols allow the LP3500 to serve web pages or to be able to send data to an FTP server for remote data-logging.

The price for the Wireless Control Application Kit which comes complete with all the hardware and software tools, including two MaxStream radio modules, is priced competitively at $599 for the 900 MHz version and $699 for the 2.4 GHz version. Contact your local representative. Individual RF modules can be purchased directly from the MaxStream Corporation.

About Rabbit Semiconductor
Rabbit Semiconductor, a Digi International(R) brand (NASDAQ:DGII), is a global provider of high-performance 8-bit microprocessors development tools for embedded control, communications, and Ethernet and wireless connectivity. Rabbit Semiconductor introduced the popular Rabbit(R) 2000 microprocessor in 1999, the Rabbit 3000 in 2002 and the Rabbit 4000 in 2006. The industry award-winning RabbitCore(TM) line of microprocessor core modules was introduced in 2001. Rabbit Semiconductor offers customers a complete embedded design system, including low-cost development kits and comprehensive technical support for both hardware and software issues. Rabbit Semiconductor is a member of the Fabless Semiconductor Association and is located in Davis, Calif., 70 miles east of San Francisco.

About MaxStream
MaxStream supplies OEMs and integrators with reliable radio modems and modules that meet the unique needs of industry and commerce. The wireless modems are easy-to-use and provide reliable delivery of critical data between devices. MaxStream’s 2.4 GHz XBee product family makes it simple to incorporate ZigBee/802.15.4 into nearly any electronic device. The flexibility of the XBee/XBee-PRO RF Modules create the perfect fusion of range, power-conservation, performance and networking features to ensure accurate and reliable RF communications. For more information regarding MaxStream’s products and services: Contact MaxStream via the web (e-mail: rf-xperts@maxstream.net) or call toll-free (866) 765-9885.