MPU application kit for industrial PLCs introduced

October 07, 2006

Bernard Cole-October 07, 2006

Rabbit Semiconductor has just released the BL2500 PLC (programmable logic controller) Application Kit for Automation and Control Users developing applications based on its low cost Rabbit 3000 microprocessor.

It uses ISaGRAF industrial programming software package and supports all of the familiar industrial programming environments listed in the IEC61131-3 standard.

The Rabbit Embedded PLC Application kit includes ISaGRAF software and the Rabbit BL2500 single board computer, as well as sample application programs.

The ISaGRAF v3.5 workbench is an industrial Soft Logic programming system, supporting six different programming languages. The kit will allow industrial users of PLC's to use their language of choice and deploy Rabbit-based microprocessor designs to replace traditional PLC systems.

ISaGRAF is fully compliant with the programming languages specified in the IEC61131-3 standard, recognized worldwide as the standard for PLC systems. These languages include Sequential Function Chart (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD), Ladder Diagram (LD), Instruction List (IL), and Structured Text (ST).

Based on the Rabbit 3000 microprocessor, the BL2500 incorporates a powerful feature set of flash memory, digital I/O, analog I/O, multiple serial ports and 10/100 Ethernet. All of these features are  on a compact board size of 100mm x 100mm and easily mountable on a standard 100mm DIN rail tray.

The Embedded PLC Application Kit includes all of the hardware and software required to develop a Rabbit-based PLC replacement system. The Embedded PLC Application Kit is available now for for $599.

Rabbit Semiconductor
Davis, Ca.

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