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For Immediate Release: April 27, 2010

Synapse Wireless® Makes RS-232/485 Cable Replacement a SNAP

New SNAP® Link Serial Wireless Adapters offer highest performance and longest distance in the Industry

San Jose, California – April 27, 2010 – Synapse Wireless®, Inc. today announced SNAP Link, a new family of wireless mesh network serial adapter products intended for industrial markets where benefits such as robust packaging, high bandwidth, superior signal quality and distance are required. Synapse is introducing its first branded product line today at the Embedded Systems Conference, Silicon Valley 2010 (Booth #1926). The SNAP Link products are based on the SNAP network operating system, which provides instant-on, self-healing automatic mesh networking.

The new SNAP Link products include RS-232 and RS-485/422, cost-effective appliances that can reach up to 3 miles while delivering 250 Kbps data transfer rates as well as high-performance versions that deliver up to 2 Mbps rates. Other benefits include support for wireless Modbus, one-to-many configuration relationships, one-click pairing and ‘at-a-glance’ signal strength and data transfer activity.

Additionally the SNAP Link RS-STX is being introduced as a USB ‘stick’ form factor version that operates in either data rate mode. All models come pre-configured and pre-installed with SNAP EasySet software to quickly and easily replace physical serial cables.

Pricing and Availability

The new SNAP Link wireless adapter products offer high-performance, robust aluminum enclosure for industrial environmental conditions and simple installation pairing (a single button press on each device). They include:

  • The SNAP Link RS-485/422 models are pre-configured to operate as a serial RS-485 or RS-422 cable replacement, offering both Terminal Block and Mini-B USB connectors. The SL485K-001 has a data rate of 250 kbps and is available in June with a MSRP of $129. The SL485M-001 has a data rate of 2 Mbps and will be available in July with a MSRP of $209.
  • The SNAP Link RS-232 models are pre-configured to operate as a serial RS-232 cable replacement and provide both DP-9 and Mini-B USB connectors. The SL232K-001 has a data rate of 250 kbps and is available in June with a MSRP of $119. The SL232M-001 has a data rate of 2 Mbps and will be available in July with a MSRP of $199.
  • The SNAP Link RS-STX is a SNAP node operating as a serial wireless replacement for RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 cables. It uses an industry standard USB stick format and is available in July with a MSRP of $49.

“Our partners have been requesting complete solutions, such as these, built with Synapse’s highest quality design requirements, to ‘work first time, every time,’ right out of the box,” said Wade Patterson, president and CEO.  “This is the first in a series of new branded product announcements we will be making this year.”

Synapse SNAP Network Operating System

Synapse’s SNAP network operating system is an Internet-enabled, IEEE 802.15.4-based, instant-on, multi-hop, mesh network, software solution designed to cost-effectively run efficiently over a range of popular microprocessors and microcontrollers. SNAP has a very small memory footprint of only 45KB, thereby leaving more space for user applications. SNAP can support up to 16 million nodes in a single network. Since these are peer-to-peer mesh networks, there is no single point of failure: any node can talk directly to any other node that is in range, and any node can talk indirectly to any other node via intermediate nodes – SNAP networks are self-healing. Users can interactively develop applications using a high-level English-like language called Python. No embedded programming experience is required. Synapse currently has close to 1000 registered SNAP users.

About Synapse Wireless, Inc.

Synapse Wireless, Inc., located in Huntsville, Alabama, is driving innovation in the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication market. This market is projected to grow to $14 billion by 2013. Synapse provides intelligent, wireless control and monitoring based on the SNAP® network operating system. Synapse’s Portal™ and SNAP® Connect provide a complete software development environment for easy application development and fast time to revenue. Synapse RF Engine® modules have achieved ZigBee® Compliant Platform (ZCP) certification. Synapse Design Services provides comprehensive design and implementation support for OEMs and partners. For more information, visit:

For more Information

Bryan Floyd 
Vice President, Marketing
Synapse Wireless Inc.  
256-852-7888 x106
Susan Cain
Cain Communications

Synapse and the Synapse logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synapse Wireless, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All Synapse products are patent pending. ©Synapse Wireless Inc. 2010.


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