LAVA Computer MFG Inc. today unveiled the LAVA Internet Protocol System (LIPS), a new Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity solution, delivering a powerful shortcut for IoT hardware developers. LIPS offers up to 12 simultaneous TCP or UDP connections for simple, low-cost electronic devices, significantly expanding possible IoT functions and capabilities. Now even the smallest of embedded systems, such as single function sensors, can serve web pages, send emails and SMS alerts, transmit data to servers, and communicate with other sensors or systems, at a fraction of the engineering effort and cost of what was previously possible.
By offloading all the hardest work to a smart network interface and essentially giving that interface the TCP/IP capabilities of a full computer, we can shrink development time from what could be months to literally hours. Imaginative IoT devices can be created about as fast as you can develop any simple embedded application.
LIPS can be easily integrated into new or existing designs with a LAVA IP System Engine (LIPE) module, chip, or board. The LIPE hardware manages all the Internet communication for a potential device and is controlled using a dead-simple command protocol, essentially eliminating the requirement for advanced TCP/IP engineering knowledge. The offloading also enables the use of a modest, inexpensive user microprocessor, and the user's programming language of choice, further reducing development and build
LIPS is intended for devices needing rapid customization, multiple network connections, modest sensor and communication requirements, and no limits on the nature of the data being transferred. Potential applications include light switches, data loggers, environment sensors (such as temperature), door monitors, or even the “intelligent” toaster.