Evaluation Board helps develop isolated communication networks.

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Featuring plug-and-play design, ezLINX(TM) iCoupler® Isolated Interface Development Environment enables evaluation of 8 physical layer, digitally isolated communication standards simultaneously. Designers and system architects benefit from open-source hardware and software, which is based on ADSP-BF548 Blackfin® processor core running uCLinux® kernel. On-board sample application software allows for direct monitoring of bus traffic and helps designers make box-to-bench transition.

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New ezLINX(TM) iCoupler® Isolated Interface Development Environment Enables Rapid Design and System Evaluation of Isolated Communication Networks

NORWOOD, Mass.--Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and a pioneer in digital isolator technology, today introduced the ezLINX(TM) iCoupler® isolated interface development environment. The plug-and-play ezLINX iCoupler isolated interface development environment significantly reduces development time by enabling the evaluation of eight physical layer, digitally-isolated communication standards simultaneously (USB, RS-422, RS-485, RS-232, CAN, 2 x SPI, I²C, and LVDS). The tool was developed to assist embedded designers and system architects in designing and evaluating isolated communication interfaces using ADI's isolated interface transceivers with integrated iCoupler and isoPower® digital isolation technology. These highly integrated isolated transceivers offer lower power, higher timing performance and functional integration, greater stability over lifetime and are easier to use than the traditional method of isolating interfaces using discrete optocouplers. The ezLINX iCoupler isolated interface development environment also integrates an additional expansion port for added functionality and scalability.

More About ADI's ezLINX iCoupler Isolated Interface Development Environment

ADI's ezLINX iCoupler isolated interface development environment is designed for engineers working in industrial automation, energy delivery, medical systems and other applications who need to better evaluate system-level tradeoffs in critical, isolated communications networks. Designers and system architects can quickly benefit from the easy-to-access, open-source hardware and software on the ezLINX iCoupler isolated interface development environment, which is based on ADI's proven ADSP-BF548 Blackfin® processor core running a uCLinux® kernel. The ezLINX environment also includes on-board sample application software, which allows for direct monitoring of the bus traffic and helps designers make a quick "box-to-bench" transition.

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iCoupler Digital Isolation Technology Overview

As the global leader in digital isolation, ADI's proven iCoupler digital isolator technology is based on chip-scale transformers, rather than on the LEDs and photodiodes found in optocouplers. Transformers support higher data rates, consume less power, and are more stable over life compared to LEDs and photodiodes. By fabricating the transformers directly on-chip using wafer-level processing, iCoupler digital isolation channels can be integrated with each other and other semiconductor functions at low cost. iCoupler digital isolator transformers are planar structures formed from CMOS and gold metal layers.

A high-breakdown thick polyimide layer underneath the gold layer insulates the top transformer coil from the bottom coil, resulting in the most reliable and highest level of digital isolation available. CMOS circuits connected to the top coil and bottom coil provide the interface between each transformer and its external signals. With more than half a billion channels deployed to date, ADI's iCoupler digital isolator technology has been designed into hundreds of applications and growing.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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