Embedded processor module delivers programmable networking platform - Embedded.com

Embedded processor module delivers programmable networking platform

A new technology brings data-center grade information exchange capabilities to embedded devices arrayed throughout private networks and the Internet. The XPort Architect (AR) embedded processor module connects devices with secure business and control applications. It takes advantage of the same high-level data transport and security mechanisms adopted by IT professionals.

The XPort AR module includes a complete embedded computer, an Ethernet 10/100 interface, and an on-board network operating system and web server in a miniaturized RJ45 package. The fully integrated XPort AR can be used as a device's CPU, allowing developers to add their own device-specific intelligence through an API. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) pass-through feature eliminates power cables to the device, making the XPort AR the first fully IEEE PoE standards-compliant embedded device server module.

Featuring a 120-MHz processor, up to three serial ports to control three serial devices, 11 GPIO control pins, 4 Mbytes of flash memory, and 1.25 Mbytes of SRAM, XPort AR lets manufacturers build Ethernet or IP networking capabilities into their products. This gives users the ability to remotely monitor, access and manage devices or machines over a network or the Internet. The part also provides local processing and storage of information from the attached device. It complies with IEEE 802.3af PoE to edge devices and with any standards complaint PoE Ethernet switch.

A kit is available that includes the tools needed to evaluate and integrate XPort AR into a design. The kit includes an XPort AR device server, an evaluation board, a universal power supply with snap-fit plugs for different countries, a CAT5 network cable, a serial adapter, a RS-232 cable, and documentation. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.

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