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Rabbit SBC
BL4S200 Series
Single-Board Computer
Rabbit’s BL4S200 series of single-board computers
deliver the features and wireless connectivity to support
networking for industrial control applications.
The Rabbit BL4S200 single-board computers (SBCs) offer a
full-featured control and communications solution for
industrial applications. The BL4S200 series is designed to
provide the microprocessor control and I/O used for reading
instruments, timing events precisely, controlling motors, relays
and solenoids.
Application Highlight
Why SBCs Are Important
Rabbit combines its legendary ease of use with cost-competitive
hardware and software to make designing embedded
applications straightforward. Rabbit’s flexible platform gives
customers the ability to choose the right product for their
application, while reducing effort and cost.
Many customers take advantage of Rabbit SBCs to get their
product to market quickly and reliably. Further value is added
by allowing migration paths to either RabbitCore®
modules or the chip level solution, while keeping the same
Dynamic C® software development environment.
Possible Applications: wireless industrial control, automatic meter reading, encrypted connectivity, data logging
Starter Package
• Uses Rabbit® 4000 and Rabbit 5000 microprocessors
The affordable BL4S200
• Choice of Wi-Fi, ZigBee or Ethernet connectivity
series starter package
• 40 digital I/O and up to 5 serial ports
includes all the tools
• 8 input and 2 output analog channels
you need to develop
and debug a design.
• Advanced I/O subsystem is software configurable reducing the load on the processor
• I/O features include event/capture counting, quadrature decoders, PWMs and PPMs
The Rabbit RIO® Advantage
Development and Evaluation Tools
The BL4S200 series uses our Rabbit RIO chip to add a
powerful I/O subsystem. The on-board Rabbit RIO devices
add software configurable counter/timer blocks that can
perform a variety of usefulI/O capability, including event
capture/counting, quadrature decoding, PWM and PPM
generation, and edge or level based interrupts. This
subsystem capability delivered by the Rabbit RIO device frees
the microprocessor for control, data processing and
communications tasks. Each BL4S200 board has 24 counter/
timer blocks available in the I/O subsystem.
The BL4S200 Tool Kit contains the essential hardware to
develop an embedded application on a SBC BL4S200 and
debug right on the target hardware.
RabbitNet™ Compatible
RabbitNet expansion ports enable a modular and expandable
embedded control system whose configuration of expansion
cards can be tailored to a large variety of demanding real-time
control, display and data-acquisition applications. A typical
RabbitNet system consists of a master SBC and one or more
peripheral cards.
Tool Kit Contents:
• Dynamic C® CD-ROM, with complete product
• Printed getting started manual and Rabbit 4000/5000 posters
• Demonstration board with pushbutton switches and LEDs to demonstrate the I/O capabilities of the BL4S200
• USB programming cable to connect the BLS4200 to your PC’s USB port
• Universal AC adapter, 12 V DC, 1 A (includes Canada/
Japan/U.S., Australia/N.Z., U.K., and European style plugs
The BL4S200 Starter Kit includes your choice of the
BL4S200 series and the BL4S200 Tool Kit. The BL4S200
Starter Kit contains the essential hardware and software tools
to develop and debug an embedded application.
Available RabbitNet Expansion Cards:
• RN1100 - Digital I/O expansion
• RN1200 - A/D expansion
• RN1300 - D/A expansion
• RN1400 - Relay expansion
• RN1600 - Keypad/Display expansion
Mass storage support with the hot-swappable, industrystandard miniSD™ memory cards, plus memory to support
algorithmic-intensive applications such as graphics and
• Uses RabbitCore® RCM4310 module
• 10/100Base-T Ethernet connectivity
• Socket for up to 1 GB miniSD memory card
• Part Number: 20-101-1220
Targeted for embedded control applications needing
10Base-T Ethernet connectivity for remote monitoring.
• Uses RabbitCore RCM4010 module
• 10Base-T Ethernet connectivity
• Part Number: 20-101-1259
Additional Tools
Develop and debug programs using the industry-proven
Dynamic C® integrated development environment (version
10.42 or later). Dynamic C includes the popular μC/OS-II
real-time operating system, point-to-point protocol (PPP), FAT
file system, RabbitWeb™, and other select libraries.
Connect the BL4S200 board to the PC using a USB cable
and then debug using break points, watch expressions and
other features oriented toward real-time embedded systems
programming. An extensive library of drivers and sample
programs is provided, including a royalty-free TCP/IP stack
for network and Internet communications. Full source code is
provided for most library routines.
Additional tools and parts are available to support engineers
building their own wiring assemblies with the friction-lock
• Connector Cable Assemblies (Part No.151-0153)—Two
2 × 5 friction-lock connectors (3 mm pitch) with harness.
• Crimp tool (Part No. 998-0013) to secure wire in crimp terminals.
Available for purchase is the Rabbit Embedded Security Pack
featuring the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES) library. In addition to the
Web-based technical support included at no extra charge, a
one-year telephone-based technical support subscription is
also available for purchase.
Exceptional Support
Our Technical Support staff helps Rabbit users accelerate
development schedules. We offer development kits and tool
kits to help our customers learn new technologies, get ideas
about how to integrate into embedded systems, and arrive at
Use industry-standard wireless networking to create a lowcost, Wi-Fi based control and communications solution.
Easily implement a wireless mesh network as part of your
control solution.
• Uses RabbitCore RCM5400W module
• IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
• Part Number: 20-101-1260
• Uses RabbitCore RCM4510W module
• ZigBee enabled connectivity
• Part Number: 20-101-1261
Rabbit® 5000 at 73.73 MHz
Rabbit® 4000 at 29.49 MHz
Network Interface
10/100Base-T, 3 LEDs
Rabbit® 4000 at 58.98 MHz
10Base-T, 2 LEDs
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
ZigBee PRO Feature Set
Flash Memory (Program)
512 KB (Serial Flash)
512 KB (Parallel Flash)
1 MB (Parallel Flash)
512 KB (Parallel Flash)
Flash Memory (Data Storage)
miniSD™ Card 128 MB to 1 GB
Program Execution SRAM
512 KB
1 MB
512 KB
Battery Backup
Renata CR2032 or equivalent 3V lithium coin type, 235 mA·h standard, socket-mounted
Configurable I/O
32 individually software-configurable I/O channels may be configured as digital inputs 0–36VDC,
switching threshold 1.4V/1.9V typical, or as sinking digital outputs up to 40V, 200 mA each
High-Current Digital Outputs
8 outputs individually software-configurable as sinking or sourcing, +40VDC, 2 A max. per channel
Analog Inputs
Eight 11-bit res. channels, software-selectable ranges unipolar: 1, 2, 2.5, 5, 10, 20VDC; bipolar ± 1, ±2, ±5, ±10VDC:
4 channels can be hardware-configured for 4–20 mA; 1 MΩ input impedance, up to 4,100 samples/s
Analog Outputs
Two 12-bit res. channels, buffered, 0–10VDC, ±10VDC, and 4–20 mA, update rate 12 kHz
Serial Ports
5 serial ports:
• 1 RS-485
• 2 RS-232 or 1 RS-232 (with CTS/RTS)
4 serial ports:
• 1 RS-485
• 1 RS-232 (no CTS/RTS)
5 serial ports:
• 1 RS-485
• 2 RS-232 or 1 RS-232 (with CTS/RTS)
1 clocked serial port multiplexed to 2 RS-422 SPI master ports 1 serial port dedicated for programming/debug
Serial Rate
2 RabbitNet™ RJ-45 connectors
• 7 polarized 2x5 Micro-Fit connectors, 3mm pitch
• 1 polarized 2x7 Micro-Fit connector, 3mm pitch
• 1 polarized 2x2 Micro-Fit connector, 3mm pitch
• 1 polarized 2x3 Micro-Fit connector, 3mm pitch
• Programming port: 2 × 5 IDC, 1.27 mm pitch
Network Connectors
1 RJ-45 Ethernet
1 RP-SMA antenna
Real Time Clock
Ten 8-bit timers (6 cascadable, 3 reserved for internal peripherals), one 10-bit timer with 2 match registers
Operating Temperature
9-36VDC, 4.5 W max
9-36VDC, 9 W max
9-36VDC, 4.5 W max
-20° C to +85° C (-40° C to +85° C without the miniSD Card)
-30° C to +75° C
-40° C to +85° C
5% - 95%, non-condensing
Board Size
3.75” × 5.75” × 0.95” (96 mm × 146 mm × 24 mm)
Price (qty. 1)
Part Number
3.75” × 5.75” × 0.66” (96 mm × 146 mm × 17 mm)
BL4S200 Starter Package
Part Numbers
Hardware Connectors
Max. asynchronous rate = 120 Kbps
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