I/O Interface Kit enhances integration with small package.

Press Release Summary:

Intended for OEMs and system integrators, 1010 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 Mini-Format delivers all 1018 - InterfaceKit 8/8/8 functionality from DIP-36 package that can be inserted in socket or soldered to user's own board. It lets users connect devices to any of 8 analog inputs, 8 digital inputs, and 8 digital outputs, providing generic means to interface end-user system with various devices. Users can program Phidgets via API supported under Windows® and Linux and write programs in various programming languages.

Original Press Release:

Phidgets Shrinks the InterfaceKit 8/8/8 Functionality into a Small DIP-36 Package

Intended for OEM and System Integrators, the 1010 can be inserted in a socket or soldered to a user's own board.

CALGARY, Alberta - Phidgets Inc. released today the 1010 PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 Mini-Format which squeezes all the 1018 - InterfaceKit 8/8/8 functionality into a small DIP-36 package. The product is intended for system integrators and OEMs who are already familiar with the 1018 and require a smaller package to integrate into their design.

"In order to achieve the small format, we had to remove all connectors and this becomes a major differentiating factor between the 1018 and the 1010. The 1010 is definitely not plug and play. " says Chester Fitchett, CEO of Phidgets.

"Our users who integrate Phidgets into their own products like our ease of programming, but complained about the labour required to wire everything together. The 1010 is our first foray into a parallel line of Phidgets intended for low to mid volume manufacturing." added Bernard Rousseau, Director of Marketing

The 1010 - PhidgetInterfaceKit allows you to connect devices to any of 8 analog inputs, 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs. It provides a generic, convenient way to interface your system with various devices.

Product Specifications
USB Voltage: 4.75 to 5.25V
USB-Power Current Specification: Max 500mA
Quiescent Current Consumption: 13mA
Available External Current (source): 487mA
Operating Temperature: 0 - 70°C

Analog Inputs
Impedance: 900K ohms
5V Reference Error: Max 0.5%
Update Rate: 1000 samples/second max for 4 channels
500 samples/second max for all 8 channels
62.5 samples/second max over webservice

Digital Inputs
Pull-Up Resistance: 15K ohms
Low Voltage (True): 1.25V max
High Voltage (False): 3.75V Min
Maximum Voltage: ±15V
Update Rate: ~125 samples/second

Software Environment
"Unlike a lot of our competitor's products that require their users to write some firmware code in order to use their sensor, we are completely "Plug and Play" says Bernard Rousseau, Director of Marketing. "With Phidgets, you plug it in and start using it and when it comes to programming, the user, not us, decides which operating system and which computer language he wants to use", added Rousseau.

Users can program Phidgets using a simple yet powerful and well documented Application Programming Interfade (API) that is supported under Windows (2000, XP, Vista), Windows CE, Mac OS X, and Linux. Users can write programs in Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, C/C++, Flash/Flex, Java, Labview, Matlab, ActionScript 3.0, and Cocoa.

Phidgets also provides programming examples for all its products to help programmers write their own programs. The API Libraries as well as the examples and the documentation are available at no charge on Phidgets.com.

Pricing and Availability
The 1010 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 Mini-Format is available now. The suggested resale price is $80.00 Canadian.

About Phidgets
Phidgets, Inc. is a technology leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost control and sensing modules connected to personal computers through the USB port. Phidgets products are ideally suited for fast prototyping. The privately held company is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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