Adesto Technologies says that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip (SoC) now natively supports LON, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks – uniquely enabling the popular LON and BACnet industrial protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly reliable and widely adopted Free Topology (FT) channel.

Adesto says that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver will modernize and simplify automation and control networks, especially in smart buildings. Its powerful open systems approach allows BACnet workstations and LON network manager and integrator tools to natively field-configure, provision and monitor controllers as either LON or BACnet devices, or both. This enables a flexible architecture that combines the best of both worlds, all while taking advantage of the easy to install, fault tolerant and scalable FT media. For OEMs, the FT 6050 can enable differentiated architectures with fewer SKUs needed in inventory, while making the integrator’s job dramatically easier and more flexible for both retrofits and new installations.

“Our customers want scalable, interoperable and extensible systems that are extremely simple to install, and they want a uniform management architecture that can share data across networks and also externally to cloud systems. By combining LON and BACnet, two widely deployed open protocols in the industrial IoT, we are giving them exactly that,” said Apurba Pradhan, vice president of product management, Adesto.

Pradhan continued, “The FT 6050 is already experiencing strong traction, with adoption by innovative controller manufacturers and growing volume in industrial control applications. We expect this latest development to drive further interest. Looking ahead, we will continue to roll out further FT based innovations across our edge devices and embedded IoT platform, focused on ease of interoperability between devices and ease of integration to IoT and cloud systems.”

The FT 6050 Smart Transceiver SoC is a key product in Adesto’s embedded IoT platform. It is also supported in both LON and BACnet configurations by Adesto’s new SmartServer IoT, an open and extensible industrial edge server that supports multiple protocols and applications, enabling the convergence of diverse systems into a single edge networking and compute platform.