Starter Kit accelerates fieldbus device development.

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All-in-one AT-446 FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 Starter Kit helps suppliers accelerate H1 fieldbus device development projects. It includes all tools and documentation needed to develop H1 devices compliant with open, industry-standard FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol. Along with all-inclusive test tool environment for intermediate device developer, kit includes word-searchable CD copy of FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications; Device Description Tokenizer Kit; and H1 Interoperability Test Kit.

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FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus "H1 Starter Kit" Now Available

Complete, cost-effective solution provides "fast track to fieldbus"

AUSTIN, Texas, April 7, 2004 < The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the release of its new AT-446 FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus "H1 Starter Kit," a complete, cost-effective solution for automation equipment suppliers seeking a "Fast Track to Fieldbus." The starter kit is designed to help suppliers accelerate their H1 fieldbus device development projects.

The first all-in-one package of its kind, the AT-446 H1 Starter Kit includes all of the tools and documentation needed to develop H1 devices, compliant with the open, industry-standard FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol. The starter kit is a complete development kit in a value-based starter package offering 35 percent savings over separate, individually purchased components.

According to Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Specialist Joe Conklin, the FOUNDATION fieldbus AT-446 H1 Starter Kit is a valuable asset for controls and instrumentation companies that want to take advantage of the growing global demand for FOUNDATION technology. "By assembling this convenient starter kit, the Fieldbus Foundation has made it easy for suppliers to 'jump start' their H1 product development programs and engage the expanding fieldbus market," said Mr. Conklin. "There is no better resource for fieldbus device developers than our new kit."

The FOUNDATION fieldbus AT-446 H1 Starter Kit features an all-inclusive test tool environment for the intermediate device developer. The kit contains a word-searchable CD copy of the most recent FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications, including the device function block specs; the Device Description Tokenizer Kit; a one-year subscription to the Device Description Registered Library and Tokenizer for development of DD files; an H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) and 16 hours of expert consulting. This package includes the tools suppliers need to immediately engage FOUNDATION fieldbus device development.

User requirements for the FOUNDATION fieldbus AT-446 H1 Starter Kit include: Pentium class processor, Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP operating system and 500MB of available hard drive space.

The FOUNDATION fieldbus AT-446 H1 Starter Kit will be available beginning on April 2, 2004. For more information, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation¹s website at, e-mail:, or contact foundation sales at 512.794.8890, Ext. 21.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of nearly 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of an international, interoperable fieldbus. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organisations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability. Visit their web site at

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