New resources: HART releases upgraded tools and user guide

11/22/2007


The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) has announced release of Version 3.1 of the HART Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE). The new DD-IDE Version 3.1 supports the HART enhanced device description language (DDL) specification and the development of device descriptors for WirelessHART. Additionally, the organization has released a new revised edition of “The HART Field Communications Protocol—A Technical Overview.”

The group bills the DD-IDE tool suite as a comprehensive set of integrated software tools for efficient development, testing and maintenance of enhanced HART device descriptions. “The new DD-IDE tool suite is part of the Foundation’s continuous improvement process and effort to improve the construction and testing of HART Device Descriptions for new devices or improved field devices,” says Ed Ladd, director of technology programs. “As the HCF standard for DD development and testing, the new DD-IDE is receiving widespread support from device developers and system suppliers worldwide.”

The group reports that key components of the new DD-IDE version 3.1 include: an updated reference host SDC-625 smart device configurator for DD validation and testing; an updated XMTR-DD device simulator; an improved DDL tokenizer; and improved wizards for DD development. The new DD-IDE improves developer productivity by simplifying DD development by adding standard “C-like” tools and support for legacy development.

Device description language (IEC 61804-2, EDDL) has been a key element of HART technology since 1990 and is the only technology endorsed by the HCF. The enhanced device description language simplifies and standardizes the presentation of intelligent device information for both automation suppliers and users worldwide.

Additionally, the Foundation has released a new revised edition of “The HART Field Communications Protocol—A Technical Overview.” Originally referred to as the “blue book” by Romilly Bowden, the updated manual is a technical introduction and integrators guide that describes and explains the main features of the HART Protocol.

“The manual provides technical details of the HART Protocol in a user-friendly format that will help users and system integrators understand the features and benefits of the technology,” says Ladd. “It is an excellent reference manual for anyone who wants to know more about HART technology without delving into the 2500-page protocol specification.”

Copies can be purchased at the HART Website .

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
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