EnOcean Debuts Dolphin Platform

OBERHACHING, Germany /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- EnOcean launched its Dolphin system architecture at electronica 2008, setting entirely new standards in wireless sensor networks. Dolphin enables energy-autonomous actuators, bidirectional communication of sensors, and innovative routing concepts, creating the foundation for a wide variety of new products and applications.

Future-Proof, Modular System Architecture
EnOcean Dolphin allows on-demand matching and continuous optimization of central system features, such as energy budget, peripheral functionalities, and wireless communication. The length of wireless telegrams, for example, is minimized dynamically to the data content for transmission, and in programming, only those software function blocks actually needed by the user are saved to memory.

EnOcean technology is already being used to wirelessly link hundreds of thousands of energy-autonomous sensors in buildings worldwide. The Dolphin architecture was developed to enable non-proprietary systems to match the increasing demands of very different applications, and grow in their functionality together with the demands of such applications. Dolphin system architecture, through its modularity, is ideally suited for future demands such as encryption or meshNet routing.

EnOcean Dolphin: Electronic Modules
EnOcean modules based on the new Dolphin system architecture enable bidirectional communication of energy-autonomous sensors. The bidirectional plug-and-play TCM 300 transceiver module for EnOcean wireless systems halves the standby power requirement compared with its predecessor (2.5–3.3 V, receiving approximately 30 mA and transmitting approximately 15 mA) cutting the costs for the power supply and reducing power consumption by around 50%.

Complex software functions, such as SMART ACK (bidirectional wireless transmission), encryption, and routing can be integrated as ready macros, maintaining the interoperability of end-user equipment and shortening time to market. The module offers a number of ready-programmed operating modes for switching and dimming. A bidirectional serial interface serves for integration in external logic or an automation system.

EnOcean's Dolphin system architecture is a next-generation EnOcean system architecture and is fully backward compatible with earlier EnOcean products and installations. In addition to the introduction of the new platform, the company has also further developed its EnOcean wireless standard and has created new space for innovative non-proprietary solutions. Dolphin is the ideal technical system platform for worldwide standardization because it ensures interoperability, backward compatibility, and maximum flexibility well into the future.

New Software and Development Environment
In conjunction with the new modules, EnOcean is launching an operating system with an application programming interface (API) that allows application-specific programs to be written in high-level C language. In addition to the protocol stack for EnOcean wireless, the API offers many powerful functions, for controlling energy management—for example, use of digital or analog I/Os, access to flash memory and the continuously powered RAM0, and control of timer functions.

EnOcean has added the powerful Dolphin Studio development environment to the API. This supports configuration of the various API modules and ensures fast time to develop. The command-line program integrated in Dolphin Studio controls the programming operation, and it is easily implemented in fabrication and T&M engineering.

About EnOcean
EnOcean GmbH, established in 2001 and headquartered in Oberhaching, near Munich, develops innovative, self-powered wireless sensor technology. The company manufactures and markets service-free and flexible wireless sensor solutions for use in buildings and industrial installations. The products are based on a combination of miniaturized power converters and reliable wireless transmission. More than 500,000 of the company's wireless components are already in use.

EnOcean GmbH is a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance.

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