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LOYTEC and Cimetrics announce BACnet / EIA-709 Controller IC

Vienna, Austria and Boston, MA,  – LOYTEC electronics GmbH with its headquarter in Vienna, Austria and Cimetrics, Inc with its headquarters in Boston, MA announced their agreement to support BACnet on LOYTEC’s high performance low cost "System on a Chip" which combines the two leading open protocols for networked devices in building automation.

This Controller IC (called LISA) is an advanced "Convergence Solution" for manufacturers looking for an inexpensive way to implement a BACnet or ANSI/EIA-709 product or to create a dual solution able to be changed by firmware.

This new chip (designed by Loytec and NEC) includes an array of powerful features including: 10/100 BaseT Ethernet MAC, two EIA 709 network controllers, ARM7 RISC CPU running at 60 MHz and 32 general purpose I/O ports. All of this is in addition to the 2 UARTS (1 full HS) to 3 Mbaud, unlimited external RAM/FLASH, Watchdog timer, Boot ROM with 3k boot code, and serial SPI interface.

Two software development kits (SDK) will be available; An ANSI/EIA 709 and 852 SDK using LOYTEC's ORION™ protocol stack and a BACnet SDK based on Cimetric’s BACstacTM, the leading 3rd party BACnet protocol stack. Both kits include an Integrated Development Environment, RTEMS operating system, TCP/IP stack, a protocol analyzer, test programs, prototype PCB, and more. 

For more information  read this months article LonWorks and BACnet System Solution on a Chip  Both protocols have become well established and manufacturers are working to offer building systems supporting both platforms. by Al Mouton, President, Loytec Americas Inc. 

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