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Total Phase releases the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter Version 3.0 with I2C Bus Monitor and Rosetta™ Language Bindings

SUNNYVALE, CA - September 1, 2004 - Total Phase is proud to announce the release of version 3.0 of the Aardvark™ I2C/SPI Embedded Systems Interface.

New in version 3.0 of the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter:

  • I2C Bus Monitor

    Monitors 100 kHz I2C bus traffic non-intrusively.

  • Rosetta Language Bindings

    Rosetta™ technology provides multiple programming language bindings in a single DLL. The following languages are currently supported: C/C++, Python, and Visual Basic.

  • Batch Scripting

    The Aardvark Control Center Software now supports an XML-based batch scripting language to automate tasks.

  • Direct Driver

    The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter now uses a direct USB driver in both Linux and Windows.

  • Expanded API

    The Aardvark API has been expanded with asynchronous slave polling, extended I2C master and slave read/write functions, and I2C bus monitor functions.

The Aardvark adapter also includes these standard features: extended I2C functionality (10-bit addresses, repeated start, combined format), SPI, General Purpose IO on the I2Cand SPI pins, asynchronous slave polling, software configurable I2Cpullups, software configurable power pins to downstream targets, free Control Center software, and free and open source LabVIEW driver. This extensive feature list makes the Aardvark adapter an ideal tool for your I2C or SPI needs.

"We are very excited about this latest release of the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter," says Kumaran Santhanam, the lead engineer for Aardvark products. "By including all of the new features in the purchase price, we provide excellent value to our customers. As embedded developers ourselves, we appreciate the importance of making available the best tools at the best price."

The Benefits of USB

The Aardvark adapter benefits from USB's bandwidth and ability to draw power from the bus. You do not need extra power adapters, and can also send power to downstream targets. Everything is self-contained and portable which makes the Aardvark adapter ideal for mobile users. No more hunting for an outlet to demonstrate your product.

Unlike other devices which claim to support fast 400 kbps I2C over a slow 115 kbps RS-232 link, the Aardvark adapter has enough bandwidth to easily support Fast I2C in a sustained mode of operation.

Rosetta Language Bindings

As always, the clean and straightforward API of the Rosetta Language Bindings is a hallmark of the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter. All new features, including I2C bus monitor and asynchronous slave polling, are supported in the latest version of the Aardvark API so that developers can take advantage of the power of the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter in their own software. Most importantly, the API is fully supported on both Linux and Windows, and is royalty-free.

Downloadable Upgrades

If you have already purchased an Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter, then all of these new features are available at no extra change. Simply download the new firmware, software, and GUI application from the Total Phase website to upgrade your adapter to the latest release.

The choice is obvious. The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter gives you the most features at the best price.

About the Aardvark I2C/SPI Embedded Systems Interface

The Aardvark I2C/SPI Embedded Systems Interface is a fast and powerful I2C bus and SPI bus host adapter that operates over USB. It allows a developer to interface a host PC to a downstream embedded system environment and transfer serial messages using the I2C and SPI protocols. I2C and SPI capabilities can be used concurrently.

About Total Phase

Founded in 2001, Total Phase is dedicated to creating simple, affordable, and powerful development tools for the embedded systems engineer.

Please visit us at http://www.totalphase.com/