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November 22, 2009

Rabbit expands MiniCore series of networking modules

Claims to offer increased memory for data intensive applications

By CBR Staff Writer

Rabbit has expanded its MiniCore series with the launch of Ethernet RCM5760 and Wi-Fi RCM5650W networking modules, available in pin-compatible wired and Wi-Fi versions.

The company said that the new modules offer increased memory for data applications such as building automation and security applications where it is necessary to store large amounts of data. The products also allow customers to wirelessly update firmware from anywhere.

The MiniCore family provides embedded feature set on an PCI Express form factor. It includes a pin compatible and interchangeable wired RCM5700, Wi-Fi RCM5600W, wired RCM5760 and Wi-Fi RCM5650W. Its small size helps customers to place wired or wireless network connectivity anywhere on a mother board, the company said.

According to Rabbit, the MiniCore products feature 10/100 Base-T ethernet and 802.11 b/g with WPA2 and 802.11i compliance for security. It also features up to 640KB SRAM data storage, 1MB flash memory for program storage and 2MB serial flash for mass storage. Depending on the version, MiniCore modules include up to 32 GPIO, 6 serial ports, a serial-to-ethernet bridge, an embedded web server for application control monitoring and wireless remote firmware update functionality.

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Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing at Digi International, said: Our first generation of popular MiniCore products is optimised for real-time control, communications and networking applications such as energy management and instrumentation applications. The second generation expands upon the applications that the MiniCore can be used by adding additional memory for more data intensive projects.

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