Microcontroller promotes system design flexibility.

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Suited for mobile machinery designs requiring multiple I/O connections in concentrated space, PLUS+1(TM) MC088-015-00000 includes 42 inputs, 32 outputs, and 2 CAN 2.0B ports. This 88-pin, general-purpose microcontroller, used as member of distributed machine control system or stand-alone MCU, has 4 inputs that can be configured to read signals in 4-20 mA range and six 6 A digital outputs to directly control higher-power devices. Unit also offers 4 MB on-board Flash and DSP-based control.

Original Press Release:

New PLUS+1(TM) Microcontroller Maximizes System Design Flexibility for Off-Road Mobile Machinery Control

Sauer-Danfoss' new 88-pin microcontroller significantly expands input/output capability of the PLUS+1 product family.

AMES, IOWA, USA - SAUER-DANFOSS INC. (NYSE:SHS) Sauer-Danfoss has announced the addition of a larger, general purpose microcontroller (the MC088-015-00000) to the PLUS+1(TM) product family. This new 88-pin microcontroller, which includes 42 inputs, 32 outputs and two CAN 2.0B ports, is an excellent choice for mobile machinery designs requiring a large number of input/output (I/O) connections in a concentrated space.

"The new microcontroller extends the capabilities of the PLUS+1 family of mobile machinery control products introduced by the company in 2004," said Dan Ricklefs, Product Portfolio Manager, Sauer-Danfoss, Ames, USA. "Whether OEMs are designing small machines with short CAN-bus communication lines or have a very large clustering of input/output needs, the new 88-pin device provides maximum design flexibility with the potential to reduce overall installed costs."

Extended Compatibility, Higher Power Capability, Efficient Control
The new 88-pin microcontroller offers significantly expanded input/output capabilities, joining the 12-pin I/O module and 24- and 50-pin microcontrollers in the PLUS+1 family. The new device is equally suited for use as a member of a distributed machine control system or as a stand-alone microcontroller.

The microcontroller was designed with three new features that significantly augment system compatibility, power and control. These features include: 1) four inputs that can be configured to read signals in the 4 to 20 mA range, such as from pressure and temperature sensors, 2) six 6-amp digital outputs to directly control higher power devices, such as starter solenoids and incandescent lamps and 3) 4 MB of on-board flash memory for logging everything from operational data to machine status. Overall, these features provide the designer with more options for differentiating vehicle design.

PLUS+1 Product Family Features
Consistent with other PLUS+1 products, the new 88-pin microcontroller includes a 5 Vdc regulated power supply for sensor circuits, two programmable LEDs to aid in diagnostics, environmentally robust Deutsch® connectors and a flexible 9 to 36 Vdc power supply. It also has flexible circuit designs and powerful Digital Signal Processor (DSP)-based control, typical of the PLUS+1 family. These features assure state-of-the-art control performance.

As with the entire PLUS+1 line of microcontrollers and input/output devices, the new microcontroller is supported by the GUIDE application programming environment. With this tool set, OEMs can draw from the extensive library of Sauer-Danfoss software modules and graphically build an application to meet their individual needs.

"OEMs can put the new microcontroller to work in a variety of mobile machinery ranging from agriculture to road building and construction equipment," said Ricklefs. "Consistent with other PLUS+1 family products, the new 88-pin microcontroller is designed to withstand the harsh off-road environment. Microcontroller technology is a critical element in helping OEMs to meet future machine productivity and efficiency needs. The PLUS+1 suite of products helps bring these features to market in a very time-effective manner."

Sauer-Danfoss Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of engineered hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components, for use primarily in applications of mobile equipment. Sauer-Danfoss, with approximately 9,000 employees worldwide and revenue of more than $1.7 billion, has sales, manufacturing and engineering capabilities in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company's executive offices are located near Chicago in Lincolnshire, Illinois and in Neumünster, Germany. More details online at www.sauer-danfoss.com.

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