4/24/2003 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) will be displaying embedded intelligence solutions at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) being held in San Francisco, California from April 23-25th. The company's booth (#2408) features key System-on-a-Chip (SoC) embedded technologies from Echelon that allow companies to develop highly reliable, low cost, standards-based networked devices for buildings, homes, factories, transportation and utility applications. With Echelon's LonWorks® device networking standard, virtually any everyday electronic device can quickly and easily become smart and connected to other devices and the Internet. The 2003 ESC event has two Feature Spotlights – System-on-a-Chip and Consumer Electronics. Both areas are highlighted in Echelon's booth with the power line PL 3120® and PL 3150® smart transceiver – a highly integrated, field proven SoC well suited for low-cost consumer goods applications such as smart kitchen appliances or light switches as well as robust, industrial grade applications such as municipal street-lighting and smart electricity meters. There are already over 7.5 million devices functioning in homes today using Echelon's embedded power line signaling technology.
In its booth, Echelon is also showing its twisted pair smart transceiver products, the company's i.LONTM family of embedded Internet solutions that enable any LonWorks device to connect to the Internet, and the company's industry-leading development tools that enable rapid development and testing of intelligent, connected devices. The most prominent feature of the booth is Fleetwood Coach's "Smart Coach," a full-size, pre-production recreational vehicle that uses Echelon's power line and twisted pair transceivers and an i.LON Internet server to control and manage appliances, lighting, blinds, living room expansion, and security from an HP iPAQTM PDA. Also at the Conference, Echelon is announcing that its PL 3120 power line smart transceiver is available for volume shipments. In a separate announcement, Echelon today announced that it has been elected to the UPnPTM Forum Steering Committee.
"As can be seen here at embedded systems, we are rapidly moving towards a world where all of the devices around us are part of networks," said Mathew Chacko, Echelon's product marketing manager for OEM components. "Our smart transceiver products enable everyday devices around us to become part of the networked world. They are designed to offer an unmatched combination of very low cost, highly reliable operation, and very small size that is now field-proven in millions of deployed devices."
Echelon's twisted pair and power line smart transceiver products are SoC solutions that include the ANSI/EIA 709.1 communications protocol; ANSI certified signaling technology, along with an embedded Neuron® core and on-board EEPROM and RAM for the developer's application. Developers can quickly and easily develop and test embedded applications for both product lines using Echelon's NodeBuilder® Development Tool. Unlike "traditional" embedded development tools that are optimized only for developing and debugging a single application, the NodeBuilder development tool is designed to support design, development and debugging of interoperable networked applications, enabling developers to create more functional code in less time at lower cost that can easily interoperate with other products built to the LonMark® Interoperability Association's standards.
At the show, Echelon will announce a new version of the NodeBuilder Development Tool that includes support for the power line smart transceivers, as well as other enhancements requested by NodeBuilder users. "Echelon's new NodeBuilder 3.1 Development Tool enables developers to rapidly create very low-cost everyday devices that communicate reliably on twisted pair wire or existing power lines," according to Rich Blomseth, Echelon's product marketing manager for development tools. "Developers that use our NodeBuilder Development Tool can create complex networked applications in weeks—saving months of development time over other solutions." The NodeBuilder 3.1 Development Tool is currently being beta tested, and is scheduled to be generally available in June 2003.
More information about the power line and twisted pair family of smart transceivers, Internet solutions and development tools can be found at http://www.echelon.com/products.
The Embedded Systems Conference San Francisco is the world's largest embedded exhibition and premier educational forum for engineers and engineering managers developing leading-edge products that incorporate embedded technology. The Embedded System Conference series is well known for showcasing the most innovative technological breakthroughs in embedded electronics design. 13,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors are expected at this year's show.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is the creator of the LonWorks platform, the world's most widely used standard for connecting everyday devices such as appliances, thermostats, air conditioners, electric meters, and lighting systems to each other and to the Internet. Echelon's hardware and software products enable manufacturers and integrators to create smart devices and systems that lower cost, increase convenience, improve service, and enhance productivity, quality, and safety. Thousands of companies have developed and installed LonWorks products and more than 30 million LonWorks enabled processors have been shipped for use in homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.
The protocol underlying LonWorks networks and the signaling technology used by Echelon's power line and free topology transceivers have been adopted as standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Echelon is also a founding member of the LonMark Interoperability Association, an open industry forum of hundreds of leading manufacturers, integrators, and users dedicated to promoting the use of interoperable LonWorks devices. More information is available at http://www.lonmark.org. Further information regarding Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.
Echelon is a sponsor of the LonWorldTM Exhibition, the world's largest event devoted to the networking of everyday devices, to be held October 15-16th 2003 in Munich, Germany. The show is being organized by TEMA AG. Concurrent with the LonWorld Exhibition, Echelon will hold an international developers' conference. More information on the show can be found at http://www.lonworldexpo.com or http://www.tema.com. Contact Echelon for more information about the developers' conference.
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