Boards/Backplanes

Reference design targets building automation prototypes

27th January 2017
Mick Elliott

The MAXREFDES130# from Maxim Integrated is a complete reference for prototyping building automation designs. It is now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. The Arduino Uno R3-form-factor shield is compatible with both Arduino and ARM mbed platforms, giving designers a choice of development ecosystems.

The building automation shield features eight 0V–10V analogue inputs and outputs (IO), one 4mA–20mA input, and one 4mA–20mA output, which match the systems that are embedded in many buildings and control systems.

The shield includes both non-latching and latching relays, which designers can use to control multiple power lines and control temperature, saving energy and ensuring a comfortable building climate.

It also features a 1-Wire master bus for use with multiple MAXREFDES131#, a 1-Wire-based Panasonic Grid-EYE sensor, bringing modern presence and gesture-sensing feedback to the platform.

In addition to building automation, the Maxim MAXREFDES130# is ideal for many automation or Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including lighting decoration and animatronics.

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