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Moxa’s Response to the Trend of 'Shrinking Hardware, Increasing Functions'

October 082004
In the sense of device networking and communication, the two main reasons that triggered the hardware size shrinkage and increase in functionality are due to smaller installation spaces (e.g. GPS system in a vehicle) and complex application usages. Such usages include transferring acquired data from devices into web-based data management or database without a front-end processor. In today’s IT industry, smaller size means lower cost, whereas more functions always shorten the development time to market. For example, an external palm-size device server 3 years ago cost around $300, while nowadays, a quarter-size internal device server module costs less than $80.

In response to the market trend, MOXA Technologies launches the new NE-4000 series of Network Enabler (NE) embedded modules for Industrial Serial Devices. These Network Enablers include the NE-4000T, NE-4100T, and NE-4120S/A, offer engineers a complete Ethernet connectivity solution to network-enable the serial devices. All of MOXA NE-4000 series are designed with a compact size that range from 44 x 31.48 mm to 57 x 40 mm. The design of a smaller size board can help users to easily integrate with devices’ PCB board or small device form-factor. This not only saves space, but also means that it can be incorporated into the user’s existing serial devices.

Moreover, an increase in functionality can help the designers to faster integrate their legacy devices with Ethernet capability through easy-to-use software, such as application ready TCP/IP communication firmware, user-friendly Windows utility, Web browser, or related APIs. For instance, MOXA NE-4000 series provide users with easy configuration via Web browser, serial console, or Windows utility. In addition, by using a full function embedded module instead of chip level solution can also help designers save development time from 3 to 6 months. With MOXA NE-4000series’ ready-to-go design (i.e. TCP/IP firmware,) users can get their legacy serial devices to be Ethernet-ready without any circuit modification, and get their products to market in no time, hence, lowering the R&D or production cost.

Miniaturization in Thermal Management

Miniaturization design always burdens the main processors with full load processing, thus, increases the operating temperature. The traditional solution is to add a fan or a cooling system on the control board. However, in order to downsize the board design, the best way of balancing thermal management is to use low power consumption processors, such as the Intel 8051 or a RISC-CPU.

One of MOXA NE-4000 series’ remarkable features is its low power consumption of less than 1.5W. Of which, the NE-4000T has an ultra low power consumption of less than 0.325W. This allows the R&D engineers to virtually ignore the overheating issue when adapting MOXA’s products to their applications. Thus, increases the product reliability as well as its lifetime. Also, eliminates the dangers of system failure caused by overheating.

MOXA NE-4000 series Features

NE—4000T
* Serial (TTL) to 10M Ethernet drop-in module for embedded device networking
* Compact size (44 x 31.48 mm) and Dual-In-Line pin headers for easy integration
* Ready-to-use TCP/IP firmware for fast integration
* Ultra low power consumption (<0.325W)
*Easy configuration by Web browser, serial console, and Windows utility
* Highly expandable with up to 8 digital GPIO pins
* Onboard transformer

NE—4100T
* Embedded Serial (TTL) to 10/100M auto-sensing Ethernet 26-pin drop-in module for Network enabling
* Compact size (45 x 36 mm) and Dual-in-Line 26-pin headers for easy integration
* Ready-to-use TCP/IP firmware for fast integration
* TCP Server, TCP Client, UDP, and Real COM operation modes for various application needs
* Low power consumption (<1.5W)
* Easy configuration with Web browser, serial console, or Windows utility
* Dedicated 4 GPIO for user’s application
* Programmable version for a value-added solution

NE—4120S/A
* RS-232/422/485 to 10/100M auto-sensing Ethernet embedded device networking
* Compact size (57 x 40 mm) with ready-to-go design
* Ready-to-use TCP/IP firmware for fast integration
* TCP Server, TCP Client, UDP, Real COM driver operation modes
* Easy configuration with Web browser, serial console, or Windows utility
* Low power consumption (1.5W)
* Dedicated 4 GPIO for user’s application
* Programmable version for a value-added solution

NE-4000 series Starter Kit

The MOXA NE-4000 series Starter Kit provides a quick and cost-effective way to evaluate this new product. The Starter Kit allows manufacturers to jumpstart their development work by providing the following items: an evaluation board assembly that includes a NE-4000 series of your choice, a universal power supply, configuration utility and software (on CD-ROM), status LEDs, and serial interface for easy connection to a PC.

About Moxa Technologies Co., Ltd.
With more than 17 years of experience in the development and marketing of industrial communications products, and over 5,000,000 serial ports installed around the globe, Moxa Technologies is one of the leading serial and serial-to-Ethernet communications product suppliers in the world. Moxa's products are CE and FCC approved, and come with various interface configurations, such as ISA, PCI, and Universal PCI, and work with all major operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 9x, Windows 3.x, DOS, OS/2, Linux, UnixWare, SCO Unix, Solaris, and QNX. Moxa is committed to the continual development of new technology, high performance, and reliability, as well as a friendly user-interface, to meet customers' serial, serial-to-Ethernet, and industrial Ethernet communications needs. Moxa's vision is to be the "Total Solution for Industrial Device Networking" for all industrial data communications customers. Please visit www.moxaUSA.com for the details.
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