FFeasy / PAeasy

Easy Integration of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus H1 or PROFIBUS PA into Existing Transmitters

FFeasy and PAeasy provide a fast migration path enabling transmitter devices for FOUNDATION fieldbus (FF) H1 and PROFIBUS PA, respectively. The integration is based on Softing Industrial Automation’s embedded module FBK-2 and requires little time and no programming. It is suitable for most HART or Modbus transmitter devices.

FFeasy / PAeasy

One Hardware - Two Protocols

  • Physical preparation to run both, FOUNDATION fieldbus H1and PROFIBUS PA, thanks to FBK-2 embedded module integration
  • Investment protection by adding support of second protocol as required

No Software Programming Required

  • Ready-to-integrate implementation of fully functional transducer device
  • Simple steps for setting parameters to suit customer-specific device:
    1. Entering HART or Modbus data into Excel spreadsheet
    2. Generation of flashable file
    3. Flash onto FBK-2 hardware

Fast and Easy Integration and Registration (Short Time-to-Market)

  • Only HART and Modbus know-how required, respectively
  • No detailed FOUNDATION fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA expertise necessary
  • Fast-track private labeling process for Foundation Fieldbus registration

Access to New Markets

  • Chance to participate in tenders requiring FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 or PROFIBUS PA

Processor Renesas M16C
RAM31KB Internal SRAM, 440KB External SRAM
Flash512KB Internal
Non-Volatile RAM8KB
ConnectorsSamtec CLP-114-02-L-D, Samtec CLP-102-02-L-D
Status LEDsNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)40mm x 40mm x 10mm
Current Consumption10mA..26mA (selectable)
Operating / Storage Temperature-40°C..+80°C / -40°C..+85°C
Relative Humidity5%..95% (0°C..60°C during firmware programming)
MountingConnector and screws
Protection ClassNone

Fieldbus InterfaceFOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and PROFIBUS PA, respectively, according to IEC 61158-2, Power over Fieldbus
Data Interface to Field DeviceUART, I²C, SPI
Serial Communication Interface to
Field Device
HART, Modbus RTU

FunctionalityIEC 61158-2, power supply over fieldbus
Options4 Analog Input (AI) Function Blocks, 1 Proportional Integral Derivate (PID) Function Block (FF only), up to 25 parameters
System RequirementsExcel 2003, Excel 2007, Excel 2010
Protocols FOUNDATION fieldbus H1, PROFIBUS PA
Supported Operating SystemsWindows XP, Windows 7

ATEXE II 2(1) G Ex ia IIC, e II (1) D [Ex iaD]
FM USClass I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C and D, Temperature Class T4
Class I, Zone 0 AEx ia IIC Temperature Class T4
FM CanadaClass I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C and D, Temperature Class T4
Class I, Zone 0 Ex ia IIC, Temperature Class T4
VEL-SK-020230FFeasy Kit for fast development of simple FOUNDATION  fieldbus transmitters
VEL-SL-020231PAeasy Kit for fast development of simple PROFIBUS PA transmitters

Scope of Delivery

HardwareEmbedded Communication Kit FBK-2, FBK-2 programming adapter for firmware download, starter kit
SoftwareParameterization file, standard Function Block application, Function Block, Resource Block, Transducer Block,device description (DD file and GSD file, respectively), generation tool
SupportBy phone, e-mail
DocumentationUser manual, configuration template manual (English only), PID Function Block description
CertificatesPhysical Layer Test certificate, ATEX certificate, FM certificate

Additional Products and Services

EAA-KS-021200    FBK-2 board, standard variant, with M16C63 processor
EAA-KS-021400FBK-2 board, standard variant, with M16C63 processor (sample of 4 units)
ECA-KS-021201FBK-2 board, standard variant coated, with M16C63 processor
EIA-KS-021202FBK-2 board, standard variant with ATEX certificate, with M16C63 processor
EAA-KS-021403FBK-2 board, standard variant with ATEX certificate, with M16C63 processor (sample of 4 units)
EBA-KS-021203FBK-2 board, standard variant with edge metallization, with M16C63 processor
TRA-PB-TECH PROFIBUS Technology Training
TRA-PB-TSPROFIBUS Troubleshooting with Examen for Certified PROFIBUS Installer

FF Field Device Testing and FF Technology Evaluation

The FF Starter Kit includes a complete set of hardware and software equipment that is required to set up and operate a FOUNDATION fieldbus (FF) H1 network. This tool is suited for learning how to use FF technology and represents the best starting point for instrument manufacturers planning to implement FF functionality in their field devices.
  • Easy Network Setup
  • Becoming Familiar with FOUNDATION fieldbus
  • Test Environment for Device Development

Easy Setup of FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 Network

The FF Starter Kit includes all hardware and software components necessary to setup, configure, and monitor an FF H1 network. It is mainly based on Softing’s successful FF products and includes a Linking Device, a sample FF H1 field device with interactive simulation capabilities, a Windows-based configuration tool, a power conditioner, cables, as well as detailed documentation. This stand alone Starter Kit has been designed with ease-of-use in mind and does not require any development or other time-consuming preparation work.

Becoming Familiar with FOUNDATION Fieldbus

The plug-and-play FF Starter Kit allows evaluating and learning FF technology. Users of this solution are enabled to gain practical experience in planning, configuring, setting up, running and maintaining a network. In addition to learning purposes, the Starter Kit can be used for demonstrations and showroom applications. 

Test Environment for Device Development

The FF Starter Kit is moreover designed for laboratory and development use and enables users to carry out FF H1 field device tests. The included Linking Device provides access via FF High Speed Ethernet (HSE) to up to 4 segments with up to 16 devices each. Process values can be monitored and individual network situations can be tested by using the FF H1 field device simulation capabilities.

Additional Information

FF Starter Kit Data Sheet

Technical Data

FF-START consists of individual FOUNDATION fieldbus Softing products (see Scope of Delivery). The detailed Technical Data of these products can be found in the respective datasheets which are all included in the FF-START CD-ROM.

Scope of Delivery

FF Starter KitHardware and Software1 Softing FOUNDATION fieldbus Linking Device FG-110 FF
1 Softing FOUNDATION fieldbus Sample Device FBK-2-START
1 Softing FOUNDATION fieldbus Configuration Tool FF-CONF
1 Power Conditioner (Relcom F11)
24V Power Supply (for FG-110 FF)
2 FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 Cables
DocumentationFF Starter Kit Manuals and Documentation on CD-ROM

Order Number

KSL-FK-020220FF Starter Kit

Additional Products and Services

TRA-FF-GLIntroductory Training “FOUNDATION fieldbus”
This training is not offered as a standard training course, but tailored to individual customer requirements. It is usually held as part of a workshop and in connection with an integration project.

A Comprehensive Starter Kit to Fully Evaluate PROFIBUS PA

Softing’s PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit allows device manufacturers to easily evaluate the PROFIBUS PA standard. It includes everything needed to set up a PROFIBUS PA network. The included network components mainly consist of Softing products.
  • Fast Network Set-up
  • Economical Yet Comprehensive Functionality
  • Extensive Range Of Use

Fast PROFIBUS PA  Network Setup

Softing’s PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit  is a complete evaluation platform to quickly acquire the skills necessary to integrate the PROFIBUS PA technology into a product. Designed with ease of use in mind, the out-of-the-box PROFIBUS PA StarterKit includes all essential documents and all the components needed to set up andconfigure a fully functional PROFIBUS PA network for evaluation purposes.

Comprehensive yet Cost-effective Functionality

Softing’s PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit includes all the necessary components and tools to set up a fully functional PROFIBUS PA network that can be used to evaluate and develop PROFIBUS PA products for the process automation industry. Therefore, the Starter Kit eliminates the need to research, select, and order individual components from a catalogue. The PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit is an economical solution that is very easy to customize by adding individual devices as needed. All-in-all, the PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit helps to significantly reduce the investment required to evaluate the PROFIBUS PA technology.

Extensive Range of Use

The PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit is a complete package consisting of a PROFIusb, a DP/PA coupler and a sample PROFIBUS PA field device, a Windows-based configuration tool, as well as documentation. It provides an open PROFIBUS PA system that can easily be customized to fit individual needs.

Additional Information

PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit Data Sheet

Technical Data

The PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit consists of individual Softing PROFIBUS products (see Scope of Delivery). The detailed Technical Data of these products can be found in the respective datasheets.

Scope of Delivery

Hardware1 Softing PROFIBUS Interface PROFIusb
1 Softing FBK-2 Evaluation Kit PROFIBUS PA Sample Device
1 Segment Coupler
Accessories (Power Supplies, Cables, etc.)
SoftwareSofting PROFIBUS Configuration Tool
FBK-2 Evaluation Kit PA Firmware
GSD-Files for FBK-2 Evaluation Kit PA
DocumentationQuick Start Guide PROFIBUS PA
FBK-2 Evaluation Kit User Manual

Order Number

KSL-NL-020221PROFIBUS PA Starter Kit

Additional Products and Services

TRA-PB-TECHTraining "PROFIBUS - Technology"