ELAN Readies Next-Gen Home-Automation Controllers

UPDATE: ELAN plans July shipments of the first two G-series home-automation controllers incorporating a new Linux-based platform said to deliver faster operation, easier installation, compatibility with more devices, and greater scalability.
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ELAN plans July shipments of the first two G-series home-automation controllers incorporating a new Linux-based platform said deliver faster operation, easier installation, compatibility with more devices, and greater scalability in residential and commercial applications.

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Greater scalability will enable Elan to create lower and higher priced systems than before in residential and commercial applications, said Joe Lautner, director of control at Elan parent Core Brands.

“This is the most significant engineering effort in ELAN’s 25-year history,” said Joe Roberts, product and marketing VP at parent Core Brands.

The gSC10 controller and smaller gSC2 controller incorporate Freescale i.MX 1GHz processor said by the company to deliver a “10 times performance improvement” over the previous platform. The gSC10 controller is a rack-mount model, and the smaller gSC2 controller can be placed in a structured-wiring distribution panel or behind a TV.

By migrating the platform to Linux, ELAN was able to create a development kit and API to “greatly extend ELAN’s already large library of supported third-party applications,” said Joe Lautner, director of control at ELAN parent Core Brands.

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