SlickEdit and HART Communication Foundation say the Visual SlickEdit code editor will be the basis of the foundation’s new Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE).

Used by the consortium’s member companies, the new DD-IDE will provide configuration templates for the 12 million plus HART-compatible process plant instrumentation devices in use worldwide and more than 70 percent of the intelligent process instrumentation devices being sold each year.

HART is an international consortium of 150 member companies, including multi-national automation suppliers Emerson Process Management, Fuji, Honeywell, Invensys, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Toshiba and others who use the HART Protocol in their process instrumentation products.

Visual SlickEdit provides the same look and feel across Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms and over 40 programming languages.

“The new DD-IDE powered by — Visual SlickEdit code editor provides our members with a powerful tool suite to efficiently develop, test, maintain and support the Electronic Device Descriptions for their products,” says Wally Pratt, chief engineer for HART.

Pratt says preliminary release “beta” versions of the new DD-IDE are being tested by HART members, with the final release planned for December.