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FT 5000 Smart Transceiver

The high-performance, low-cost FT 5000 Smart Transceiver combines a Neuron® 5000 core with a free-topology (FT) twisted-pair transceiver. Combined with the FT-X3 communication transformer and serial memory, it offers intelligent embedded control networking using twisted pair media.  



  • Complies with ISO/IEC and ANSI worldwide communications standards; Supports IEEE’s Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) testing standard for faster and easier testing     
  • Faster clock, increased capability with support for more network variables, and more inputs/outputs than previous generation products; Can be used as a dedicated transceiver for host microcontrollers using the free ShortStack® development tool
  • Ideal for multiple products within building automation systems: HVAC, access, lighting, elevators, and many others  
  • Free-topology technology enables FT 5000 devices to be wired in any configuration to suit the needs of the application — star, bus/drop, ring, or mixed — to save installation material and time
  • Provides fast response to events by letting you define interrupt conditions and how they will be handled using a variety of methods

Mini FX Evaluation Kit
The Mini FX Evaluation Kit is a simple, low-cost tool for both evaluating and developing FT 5000 based LonWorks devices for control networks. In just a few minutes, you can set up a FT 5000 based LonWorks® control network, as well as write your own applications.

NodeBuilder® FX Development Tool
The NodeBuilder® software includes the tools you need to edit, compile, build, and debug Neuron C applications.  The tools include the Neuron C Compiler, Assembler, and Linker, and also include the NodeBuilder Resource Editor, Code Wizard, Code Editor, Debugger, and Project Manager.

LNS® Device Plug-in Framework Developer’s Kit
The LNS® Device Plug-in Framework Developer’s Kit makes it easy to develop LNS plug-ins that make your devices easier to install and configure with LNS tools.

LonMaker® Integration Tool
The LonMaker® tool enables you to design and commission control networks through a combination of the industry-standard LNS network operating system and a user-friendly Microsoft® Visio® interface.

LonScanner™ FX Protocol Analyzer
The LonScanner™ FX Protocol Analyzer is a software tool that enables you to observe and analyze the behavior of a LonWorks channel

ShortStack® FX Developer’s Kit
Lets your industry standard microcontroller use an Echelon smart transceiver or Neuron processor to handle control networking functions. Available as a free download.

LNS® Application Developer’s Kit
Network tool that allows the design and deployment of high performance and highly scalable LonWorks control networks.

For  more complete specifications, refer to the FT-5000 datasheet (PDF).

Worldwide communications standard compliance:

  • ISO/IEC 14908.1 and 14908.2
  • ANSI 709.1 and ANSI 709.3

Operating voltage: 3.3V

Internal system clock: Scales up to 80 MHz

Serial interface: External EEPROM and flash non-volatile memory devices

Network variables: Up to 254

Interrupts: User-programmable

Size: 7mm x 7mm 48-pin QFN package

Wiring: Polarity-insensitive for free-topology star, daisy-chain, bus, loop, or mixed topologies

Neuron ID: Unique 48-bit in every device for network installation and management

Noise rejection: Exceptional immunity from magnetic and high-frequency common-mode noise

Operating temperature range: -40°C to +85°C

FT 5000 Control Module
Completely designed LonWorks control node using the FT 5000 Smart Transceiver

Neuron 5000 Processor
Standalone processor core that can be used with other external transceiver types such as RS-485, TP-1250, or LPT-11

FT 3120 and FT 3150 Smart Transceivers
Smart Transceiver that integrates a Neuron Processor Core and a transceiver for 5V applications

Register for free online eTraining, including these courses and others:

Series 5000 Processor Development   
Course for engineers developing FT 5000 Smart Transceiver and Neuron 5000 Processor LonWorks devices with the NodeBuilder FX Development Tool.

Mini EVK Evaluation Kit Development
Compilation of above eTraining module with related Mini EVK instruction.

LonWorks Control Technology
Learn LonWorks fundamentals and terminology, and discover how LonWorks networks are used.

Device Developers Introduction to LonWorks
Overview of LonWorks technology and elements of the LonTalk® (ISO/IEC 14908-1) protocol stack.

LonWorks Device Development
Learn how to develop LonWorks devices using the NodeBuilder Development Tool. This course includes a recorded lecture and self-directed lab exercises.

Introduction to Neuron C Programming
Learn about the programming language designed for Neuron processors and smart transceivers.

ShortStack FX Developer’s Kit (free)

ShortStack FX ARM7 Example Port

FT 5000 BSDL File

Series 5000 Tools Update Patch 1
If you are using the Echelon series 5000 processors in production devices and plan to use the device NME file for programming external EEPROM microprocessors, you should apply this update to your development tools.  

Series 5000 Tools Update Patch 2
If you are using the Echelon series 5000 chips in production devices and use the SCI I/O model on those devices, you should apply this update to your development tools, and then follow the usage instructions to ensure a reliable SCI I/O data stream. No other devices that use SCI I/O are affected.