Kits simplify network-connected device development

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Digi International is introducing the Digi Connect ME JumpStart Kit for Microsoft .NET Micro Framework – which is claimed to be the industry's first Ethernet networking solution for .NET Micro Framework. Digi JumpStart Kits are a new breed of development kits that make it easy, fast, and economical for engineers to develop network-connected devices. The .NET Micro Framework JumpStart Kit is suitable for industrial automation, building automation, point-of-sale, medical and numerous other applications.

Colin Miller, Product Unit Manager of the .NET Micro Framework at Microsoft, comments: "Digi was one of our earliest partners, and we have been working closely together to bring the advantages of .NET to small embedded devices. The Digi Connect ME JumpStart Kit for the .NET Micro Framework is a great starting point for opening embedded programming to the large community of software developers familiar with C# and Visual Studio. Our collaboration with Digi has been very strong and we anticipate working with them on more and more products as we continue to change the way embedded development is done for small devices."

Joel Young, Senior Vice President of Research and Development and CTO of Digi International, adds: "We are one of only a few companies shipping kits for .NET Micro Framework, and the first for Ethernet networking. We have a strong relationship with Microsoft, and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the future."

Kit contents

The Digi Connect ME JumpStart Kit for Microsoft .NET Micro Framework includes the Digi Connect ME embedded module, a development/carrier board, and samples and documentation for rapid evaluation and development. A free 180-day evaluation of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 is also available for download.

The kit is available now for an introductory price of US$299. For more information, please visit

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