The HART Communication Foundation (HCF, www.hartcomm.org) released an enhanced version of the HART Device Description-Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE). The new development tool supports recent enhancements to the HART Device Description Language (DDL) specification. The HCF standard DD-IDE tool suite is set of integrated software tools for developing, testing, and maintenance of enhanced HART Device Descriptions.

Key components of the new DD-IDE Version 2.0 are: an updated SDC-625 Smart Device Configurator for DD validation and testing; an updated XMTR-DD device simulator; an improved DDL Tokenizer; new file Preprocessors; improved Wizards for DD development; and new sample and updated standard DDs. The new DD-IDE improves developer productivity by simplifying DD development through the addition of standard ā€œCā€-like tools and support for legacy development.

The enhanced DDL is designed to simplify and standardize the presentation of intelligent device information for both automation suppliers and users worldwide. The DDL enhancements include the capability to use graphs, charts, and images to display operational data; lists, grids, files, and arithmetic functions for tabulation and storage of information; and new standard operating procedure (methods) built-in to provide developers with standardized ways of implementing method operations.