For Building Automation Systems, Controls
FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ, Sep 6, 2017 – Technologic Systems has announced that their single board computer the TS-7680 will now support integration of building automation and control networking protocol (BACnet). The TS-7680 embedded computer, powered by a 450 MHz ARM CPU, is designed to provide extreme performance for applications which demand high reliability, fast bootup/startup, and consistent connectivity. BACnet is a data communication protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. Developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), BACnet is a national standard in more than 30 countries around the world, and an ISO global standard.
“The TS-7680 began with direct feedback from a customer in the HVAC industry who indicated he needed 24V AC power input as did many others in that market.” stated Robert Miller, company founder and president. “The inclusion and adaptation of BACnet protocols seemed like a natural fit and we’re excited to have it added to our product. This ensures the TS-7680 is at the forefront of HVAC, building automation, and control system industries.”
Built for the field
The TS-7680 was designed from the ground up to support many features common to BACnet networks, including RS-485, two 10/100 ethernet interfaces. The TS-7680 was built with industry in mind and comes equipped to handle power input allowing 8 to 40 VDC as well as 10 to 28 VAC, all housed in a protective, low cost plastic enclosure with optional DIN mount. It is designed to operate fanless in the industrial temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C. The TS-7680 also offers a sub-watt low power operation mode as well as sleep mode for even lower power consumption.
The TS-7680 comes equipped with a Wireless 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0+EDR module for out-of-the-box functionality and connectivity. For flexible data storage there is the option of 2 GB of high reliability SLC or 4 GB of high capacity MLC eMMC flash. The TS-7680 is built with functionality and flexibility in mind and offers wide variety of industry standard connectors including a USB host port, a microSD socket, two CAN ports, a high-precision battery-backed RTC, 30 V tolerant DIO, analog IO, and more.
A 24-position industrial screw terminal connector provides a rugged, solid interface for four DAC and four ADC at 0 – 10 V to drive control functions. There is a 16 pin header with support for a cellular modem daughter card or a Power over Ethernet daughter card. Additionally, a 38 pin expansion header is available featuring adjustable GPIO using the FPGA’s crossbar, 4 – 20 mA transmitters, and a transformer driver for an isolated power supply to support expansion boards with isolated interfaces including RS-485 and CAN ports.
The TS-7680 can boot from the onboard eMMC Flash or microSD card and comes preloaded with Linux kernel 3.14.28 and Debian Jessie along with the standard set of GNU development tools and familiar user space tools that come with the Debian distribution.
On Board Insurance
The TS-7680 is the first Technologic Systems product to feature its TS-SILO technology powered by two onboard supercapacitors. With this option the embedded system has built-in protection from brownouts, spikes, and gaps and will provide 20 to 60 seconds of reserve power in the event of a power failure. This precious extra time gives the board time to gracefully power down and ensures file system integrity. There are no installation or maintenance requirements for this added functionality. This makes the TS-7680 also desirable in small remote, unmanned stations that require some insurance against the elements and where it simply isn’t feasible to have a generator or other level of backup present.
About Technologic Systems
Technologic Systems has been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Their commitment to excellent products, low prices, and exceptional customer support has allowed our business to flourish in a very competitive marketplace. They offer a wide variety of single board computers, computer-on-modules, touch panel PCs, PC/104 and other peripherals, and industrial controllers that satisfy most embedded project requirements. We also offer custom configurations and design services. They specialize in the ARM and X86 architectures, FPGA IP-core design, and open-source software support, providing advanced custom solutions using hardware-software co-design strategies.
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