Gateway delivers connectivity options to test controllers.

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Bringing GPIB, RS-232, and Ethernet connectivity to environmental test controllers, Synergy488(TM) Gateway aids in measurement and control of temperature and/or humidity. It is comprised of SBC488E SBC, application specific firmware, and 3 client communications ports. Product monitors and receives commands from client computers on all 3 input ports simultaneously, and commands are sent to chamber controllers in order received. Device has -40 to +85°C operating temperature range.

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Single Board Computer with Gateway Firmware Brings GPIB, RS-232 and Ethernet Connectivity to Most Popular Environmental Test Controllers

New Gateway Application Hardware and Firmware Specifically For Precise Measurement and Control of Temperature and/or Humidity

Randolph, NJ, October 28, 2004...Tidal Engineering, a leader in the design and development of embedded hardware and software for test and measurement and data acquisition applications, has released the Synergy488(TM) Gateway. Comprising the company's broadly accepted SBC488E single board computer and application specific firmware, the new Synegy488 Gateway provides Ethernet, IEEE 488/General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB), and RS-232 communications capabilities to an extensive list of environmental test chamber controllers. The device is a member of Tidal's Synergy(TM) Series of patent pending, web-enabled hardware and software products designed to enhance the overall efficiency of the environmental testing process by offering the utmost in integration and connectivity.

Expressly engineered for use in environmental testing applications in the broadest spectrum of industries and applications, The Synergy488's gateway application provides next-generation communication capabilities to the most widely used environmental chamber controllers including the VersaTenn II/VersaTennIII, Watlow F4/924, Yokogawa UP550/750, Blue M Pro-750/Pro-550, and Partlow 1462. Tidal's Synergy488 Gateway may further be ordered to support additional models of environmental chamber controllers by contacting the company. As such, the unit is ideal for employment in systems and markets where controlled environments are essential for testing, screening, and calibration of critical systems and components. Among the more prevalent are the electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Synergy488 includes both RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces to communicate with most temperature chamber controllers including units with ModbusRTU(TM) communications.

Notable, the unit offers three client communications ports, IEEE 488, RS-232, and Ethernet (optional). The GPIB features talker, listener, and controller functions. The Synergy488 monitors and receives command from client computers on all three input ports simultaneously, and commands are sent to the chamber controllers in the order in which they were received. Consuming less than 5 W @ 7 to 24 VDC, the device has a wide operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C.

In 25-unit quantities, pricing for the Synergy488 (P/N TE1643), operating at 44-MHz with GPIB, RS-232 and 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet client interfaces, starts at $450.00 each. Pricing for the Synergy488 (P/N TE1588), operating at 25-MHz with GPIB and RS-232 client interfaces, starts at $355.00 each in 25-unit quantities. Delivery is from stock to 4 weeks.

About Tidal

Headquartered in Randolph, NJ, Tidal Engineering Corporation has been designing and building award-winning embedded hardware and software for test and measurement and data acquisition applications since 1992. The company further provides product development services together with engineering support, and is recognized for technical expertise in such areas Embedded IEEE 488, and turnkey SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. Tidal's products are available exclusively through ADI American Distributors Inc., an ISO-9002 certified distributor of electronic and electro-mechanical components and assemblies.

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