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Delivery Release: SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008
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Effective immediately, SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008 is released for delivery (incl. Micro, ASIA, CHINA).
In the context of the Software Update Service, the delivery occurs automatically. SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2007 will be phased out.

With the new version WinCC flexible 2008, many functional expansions in the engineering as well as the runtime were incorporated. Besides options for exporting and importing tags and alarms on the basis of CSV, the configuration of output fields in texts, and expansions in the user administration, this also includes a considerable increase in the performance of the alarm and process value archives. Furthermore, the operating system Windows Vista will also be supported beginning with WinCC flexible 2008.      

Internet document Summary

Contents:

1. Object of the Delivery Release

2. New Functionality

3. Product Information

    3.1. System Requirements

    3.2. Compatibility with other SIMATIC Products

    3.3. Special Notes

    3.4. New / revised Products

4. Phase-out Products

5. Ordering Data

6. Further Information

 

1. Object of the Delivery Release

  The following SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008 products are hereby released:
 

WinCC flexible Engineering Software

  • WinCC flexible Micro

  • WinCC flexible Compact

  • WinCC flexible Standard

  • WinCC flexible Advanced

  • WinCC flexible ASIA Standard

  • WinCC flexible ASIA Advanced

  • WinCC flexible CHINA

  • WinCC flexible PowerPacks for Engineering Software

  • WinCC flexible Upgrades from WinCC flexible 2004/2005/2007 to WinCC flexible 2008

  • WinCC flexible Upgrades from ProTool to WinCC flexible 2008

  • Configuration Sets with WinCC flexible Engineering Software

WinCC flexible Engineering Options

  • WinCC flexible /ChangeControl for WinCC flexible Compact / Standard / Advanced

WinCC flexible Runtime Software

  • WinCC flexible Runtime with 128, 512, 2048, or 4096 PowerTags

  • WinCC flexible PowerPacks for WinCC flexible RT

  • WinCC flexible Upgrades for WinCC flexible 2004/2005/2007 RT incl. RT Options

  • WinCC flexible Upgrades from ProTool/Pro RT to WinCC flexible 2008 RT

WinCC flexible Runtime Options

  • WinCC flexible /Sm@rtAccess

  • WinCC flexible /Sm@rtService

  • WinCC flexible /Archives

  • WinCC flexible /Recipes

  • WinCC flexible /Audit1)

  • WinCC flexible /OPC Server

  • WinCC flexible /ProAgent1)

WinCC flexible in the languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
WinCC flexible Micro in the languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

1) The options "WinCC flexible /ProAgent" and "WinCC flexible /Audit for Panels" are not released for WinCC flexible 2008 ASIA or CHINA.      

 

2. New Functionality 

  Export / Import
  • CSV export / import of tags and alarms
  Performance Increase for Alarm and Process Value Archives
  • Acceleration of the CSV archiving
  • New, optimized data storage format (RDB)
  Expanded User Administration
  • Adjustable number of invalid login attempts
  • Optionally, the login can be reduced to just the password
  • Hierarchical authorizations among the administrators
  • Individual groups can be excluded from the password aging
  • Hidden password entry
  New Functionality in the Engineering and the Runtime
  • Expansions for faceplates
    • Fixed size of faceplate instances
    • Project texts of faceplates can be exported
  • Configuration of output fields in text fields, text list entries, buttons, etc
  • Depiction of the absolute address in the alarm editor for discrete alarms
  • Expansions regarding the transfer
    • Routing via Ethernet for project transfers with TP 177 4", MP 177, Mobile Panel 277, MP 277, MP 377
    • Transfer of the operating system image (bootstrapping) via Ethernet with Basic Panels, TP 177 4", MP 3777
  • Upload and download of recipe data records via ProSave with Basic Panels, OP 77A, TP 177A
  • New system functions
    • Setting for daylight saving time
    • Coding
  • Expansions for existing system functions
    • "ChangeConnection" also on Ethernet basis
    • Tags as parameter with "ArchiveLogFile"
    • Tags as parameter with "LogUserAction"
  • New events at objects
    • Input completed by operator
    • Pressed button has been left
  • Deactivation of function keys during the display of modal dialogs
  • Adjustable transfer rate of the Ethernet interface with MP 177, MP 277, MP 377
  Support of new Devices
  • Panels
    • Basic Panels: KTP1000 Basic, TP1500 Basic
    • TP 177 4"
    • MP 177 6"
  • Panel PCs
    • Panel PC 477 19" Touch
    • Panel PC 677 17" Touch
  Support of new Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-Bit), Ultimate (32-Bit)
  Licensing and System Limits
  • Operation of the WinCC flexible Runtime with up to 4096 PowerTags (new license "WinCC flexible 2008 Runtime [4096]")
  • Increase of the number of tags possible in the project to 4096 with the MP 377
The new functionality of WinCC flexible 2008 is summarized in the following document:

3. Product Information

3.1. System Requirements

WinCC flexible 2008 Micro (Minimum Requirements):
Operating System Processor RAM Graphics Hard Drive Space
MS Windows XP Home

 

1.6 GHz
Pentium 4 
(or comparable Processor)3)

512 MB1) XGA or WXGA,

1024 x 768,
16-Bit Color Depth

1.2 GB
with Installation
of one Language;
for each additional Language, an extra 80 MB is requiredd

MS Windows XP Professional SP2 / SP3
 
512 MB1)
MS Windows Vista
Business / Ultimate

(32-Bit Editions only)
1 GB

1) A memory configuration of 1 GB is recommended 
2) A memory configuration of 1.5 GB is recommended  
3) A Pentium M for Windows XP or Core 2 Duo for Windows Vista is recommended (or comparable processors, respectively)
 

WinCC flexible 2008 Compact, Standard, Advanced (Minimum Requirements):
Operating System Processor RAM Graphics Hard Drive Space
MS Windows XP Professional SP2 / SP3
 

1.6 GHz
Pentium 4 
(or comparable Processor)3)

1 GB1) XGA or WXGA,

1024 x 768,
16-Bit Color Depth
2 GB
with Installation
of one Language;
for each additional
Language, an extra
200 MB is required
MS Windows Vista
Business / Ultimate

(32-Bit Editions only)
1.5 GB2)

1) A memory configuration of 2 GB is recommended
2) A memory configuration of 2 GB is recommended
3) A Pentium M for Windows XP or Core 2 Duo for Windows Vista is recommended (or comparable processors, respectively)
 

The recommendations for WinCC flexible Engineering particularly apply to engineering PCs, on which WinCC flexible projects are handled integrated in STEP 7.
Simultaneously running multiple instances of WinCC flexible on one engineering PC may increase the hardware requirements. 

WinCC flexible 2008 Runtime (Minimum Requirements):
Operating System Processor RAM Graphics Hard Drive Space
MS Windows XP Professional SP2 / SP3
 
300 MHz1) 2) 128 MB3)

≥SVGA

Resolution from
640 x 480 to 1600 x 1200

≥250 MB

MS Windows XP embedded
Approved Platforms only
SIMATIC Panel PC 477
SIMATIC Panel PC 477B,
Microbox PC 420/427B,
Box PC 627B,
Panel PC 677B
MS Windows Vista Business
MS Windows Vista Ultimate
(32-Bit Editions only)
≥1 GHz ≥1 GB

1) A500 MHz Pentium III (or comparable) processor  is recommended 
2) In connection with options, more powerful platforms (from Pentium 4) may become necessary 
3) A memory configuration of 512 MB GB is recommended 

Additional Notes:

  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or higher 
  • Display of PDF documents: Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher
  • Besides WinCC flexible, Windows as well requires free hard drive space. Take into consideration the additional hard drive space needed, e.g., for the swap file. For further details, please refer to the Windows documentation. 
  • The "Aero Glass Style" of Windows Vista requires a powerful graphics card. Prerequisites: DirectX 9 capability and 128 MB of separate (dedicated) graphics memory. The performance of the graphics system architecture can greatly influence the performance of WinCC flexible.  

3.2. Compatibility with other SIMATIC Products

  • STEP 7 V5.4 SP3/SP4 (see entry ID: 29753195)
  • SIMATIC NET CD 2007 (V7.0) (see entry ID: 27011548)
  • SIMATIC Logon V1.4 SP1 (see entry ID: 26636275)
  • SIMOTION SCOUT V4.1 SP1 (see entry ID: 26366113)
    The operation of WinCC flexible 2008 integrated into the SIMOTION SCOUT V4.1 SP1 user interface is not released.
    The release will be issued separately in the context of the SIMOTION SCOUT. 
  • Open Platform Program (see entry ID: 15247601)
  • Outlook:
    - SINUMERIK HMI Configuration Package WinCC flexible 2008    
    - Software-PLC WinAC MP 2008: The release of the software-PLC WinAC MP will be issued separately. 

You find further information under the entry ID: ! 31592453!

3.3. Special Notess

  • WinCC flexible 2008 is released for the operation under Windows VISTA. For Windows VISTA SP1, a separate release will be issued.    
  • When using WinCC flexible 2008 under the operating system Windows VISTA, please take note of the corresponding chapters in the installation manual, the ReadMe, and the online help of WinCC flexible.   
  • If WinCC V6.2 and WinCC flexible 2008 are to be installed on the same PC, the installation order must be adhered to! (see entry ID: 30576253). 
  • The function "Save as Version" can only be executed with local administrator rights.
  • The software PLC WinAC MP 2007 does not collaborate with WinCC flexible 2008. The release of the software PLC in the context of WinCC flexible 2008 will be issued with the WinAC MP 2008.
    The WinAC MP 2008 will be also compatible to WinCC flexible 2007. The release of the software-PLC WinAC MP will be issued separately. 

3.4. New / revised Products 

Configuration Sets, Introductory Packages, and Starter Packages

With the release of WinCC flexible 2008, the configuration sets, introductory packages, and starter packages will be changed over to the version WinCC flexible 2008. The order numbers remain unchanged. Orders for packages received from calendar week 35 will exclusively be delivered with WinCC flexible 2008.   

Licensing 

For WinCC flexible 2008, new license keys are required. With these license keys, the previous versions WinCC flexible 2005/2007 can also be licensed (applies to both the engineering and the runtime on PCs). Runtime options are version-independent. The license key is supplied on a USB stick.     

Note: The USB stick of the license keys is only suitable and released for the transport of license keys between configuration computers! The USB stick is not released for use on SIMATIC HMI panels (e.g., for backup/restore functionality, archiving, ...).  

4. Phase-out Products

With the delivery start of WinCC flexible 2008, the WinCC flexible  2007 products will become phase-out products, i.e., the products affected by this will no longer be listed in the catalog, but remain available for delivery for at least 1 more year. The following ordering units are affected:  

 Phase-out Products WinCC flexible 2007 ( 38 KB )

The following products will be totally discontinued:

  • Upgrades from ProTool/Pro Runtime to WinCC flexible 2007 Runtime

  • Upgrades from ProTool/Pro Engineering to WinCC flexible 2007 Engineering

  • Manuals (PDF files remain available as Internet downloads) 

For details, see list "Phase-out Products WinCC flexible 2007". 

5. Ordering Data

 Ordering Data WinCC flexible 2008 ( 50 KB )

Upgrades from SIMATIC ProTool to SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008

With the release of WinCC flexible 2008, it is possible to upgrade the engineering software from ProTool to WinCC flexible 2008 at special conditions. This requires a copy of the original delivery bill, software product card, or Certificate of License (CoL) to be presented to the delivery center in Karlsruhe. Please use the following form for this:  

 Request for Upgrade from ProTool to WinCC flexible 2008 ( 43 KB )

Upgrades from WinCC flexible Micro 2004/2005/2007 to SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008 Micro

With the release of WinCC flexible 2008 Micro, it is possible to upgrade the engineering software from WinCC flexible 2004/2005/2007 Micro to WinCC flexible 2008 Micro at special conditions. This requires a copy of the original delivery bill, software product card, or Certificate of License (CoL) to be presented to the delivery center in Karlsruhe. Please use the following form for this:  

 Request for Upgrade to WinCC flexible 2008 Micro ( 44 KB )

6. Further Information

SIMATIC HMI Operator Control & Monitoring Systems: http://www.siemens.com/simatic-hmi

SIMATIC WinCC flexible: www.siemens.com/wincc-flexible

Configuration Efficiency with SIMATIC WinCC flexible - Interactive Presentation:

 

 Entry ID:29735640   Date:2008-08-25 
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