RTI has released its next-generation XP control processor line. RTI’s new XP-8v Advanced Control Processor offers increased processing power, expanded memory, and an HDMI output for OSD control interface to bring together all of a home’s or office building’s electronic systems into one unified control and automation system.
The third generation of RTI’s XP-8 advanced control processor, the XP-8v, combines the advanced control options of its predecessors with a new i.MX53 processor for increased processing power and expanded two-way driver support. To take the processor’s capabilities even further, its RAM memory and internal non-volatile Flash memory have been upgraded to 1GB and 512MB, respectively. The addition of an HDMI output enables on-screen display, providing users with the convenience of a custom control-interface on their TVs.
Designed for large-scale and complex projects, the XP-8v combines a real-time, multi-tasking operating system with increased expandability. Control interface options include two-way RS-232, routable IR, Ethernet, and relay control. For expanded integration capabilities, eight multi-purpose I/O ports support optional modules for voltage sensing and RS-232 control. The XP-8v also features eight programmable relay input/outputs and eight sense inputs (voltage or contact closure). The processor’s Ethernet port provides IP control in addition to support for RTI’s RTiPanel app for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Additionally, the XP-8v incorporates an astronomical clock, allowing for time-based events and timers to trigger commands and macros.
The XP-8v is programmed with RTI’s new Integration Designer APEX 10.2 platform, which combines automation with the freedom to design custom control-experiences. The new software features automatic generation of the graphical user interface and programming, a new IR library, and advanced graphic resizing. A new global controller feature gives integrators the ability to create a multi-room control experience for a client. Additionally, APEX’s room proxy feature allows installers to create more powerful interfaces.
“Today’s smart homes and offices feature a wide range of electronic systems—AV, climate controls, lighting, blinds, security devices, and so much more,” said Mike Everett, vice president of global sales, RTI. “For the end-user, managing all of these systems independently can be frustrating. The XP-8v has the power to bring these separate systems into one unified platform and gives users complete control from the interface of their choice, including RTI handheld remotes and wired touchpanels, smartphones and tablets, or any TV screen.”