Parker Hannifin is serious about taking its technology wireless, and it says that its first Bluetooth-enabled industrial automation products will be available later this year. Visitors to the Hannover Fair in Germany in April had a chance to see some of Parker's new wireless technology, including a demo hydraulic system that performs wireless diagnostics and a complete industrial automation system linking pneumatic, electromechanical, and hydraulic devices via Bluetooth. Parker plans to target various end applications, particularly those that involve harsh operating conditions and require clean environments.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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