Tibbo Technology Releases Innovative EM500 "MiniMo" BASIC-Programmable Module

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Tibbo Technology Inc. announces today a new addition to its lineup of BASIC-programmable modules: the EM500 "MiniMo" device. Occupying only 6.5x18.5mm of board space, the EM500's features an innovative "vertical slice" design and RJ45-compatible width and height, which allow it to be positioned directly behind a standard LED/magnetics RJ45 jack.

"By not forcing our customers to pair the EM500 with Tibbo's own RJ45 jack (module), Tibbo is saving them money while allowing for greater freedom of choice." - Dmitry Slepov, Managing Director

The new EM500 module is the first in an all-new family of affordable programmable modules which break away from the "more is better" paradigm. Dubbed "MiniMo", the new family attempts to provide all of the essentials for smart network-enabled "edge" equipment. Since not all projects require features such as a flash disk or RTC, these can be connected externally as needed.

Allowing the EM500 to be paired with a standard RJ45 jack is another "back to basics" shift in the MiniMo family. "By not forcing our customers to pair the EM500 with Tibbo's own RJ45 jack (module), Tibbo is saving them money while allowing for greater freedom of choice. There are literally thousands of suitable RJ jacks on the market -- some very low-cost, and some with sophisticated extras -- and each customer is free to choose the jack that best fits their specs and budget," said Dmitry Slepov, the Managing Director of Tibbo Technology.

Dual-function LED control is another space- and budget-saving innovation: In the past, Tibbo devices relied on two pairs of status LEDs -- one for device status, the other one for link status. The EM500 uses a single pair of LEDs (standard on many RJ45 jacks) for both purposes. Module states are displayed using traditional flashing patterns common to all Tibbo devices, while link status is indicated by the brightness of the LEDs.

About Tibbo

Located in Taipei, Taiwan, Tibbo Technology Inc. brings simplicity to the embedded world defined by enormous complexity of operating systems, programming languages, and design tools. Established in 1999, Tibbo originally staked out a niche in the highly competitive Device Server arena. Tibbo has realized early on that its customers were going to need much more than just a fixed-function serial-to-Ethernet converter. Moreover, market pressure to add network functionality to an increasing number of devices and systems was going to bring to the "networking table" a large number of developers and integrators with no prior experience in embedded networking and professional programming languages, such as C++.

Recognizing the significance of this trend, Tibbo has entered the field of rapid embedded application development, and in January 2006 announced its first generation of BASIC-programmable devices and development tools. Now in their third generation, Tibbo's BASIC-programmable modules, external devices, and Tibbo IDE software offer an attractive alternative to complex development environments prevailing on the market today.

For more information visit http://www.tibbo.com, email info(at)tibbo(dot)com, or call 886-2-26925443.


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