MCUs: Evaluation board lowers secure IP controller costs -

MCUs: Evaluation board lowers secure IP controller costs


Connect One has just released to production its II-EVB-600 evaluation board for programming the iChip CO2064 small footprint Internet Protocol (IP) controller targeted at cost- and resource-constrained machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, where encryption and security is required.

The II-EVB-600 supports many upper layer Internet protocols using either AT+i commands or the iChipConfig Utility, and can be used for evaluation and development of secure WiFi, LAN, cellular or dial-up networking, offering developers maximum flexibility in connectivity.

The II-EVB-600 acts as a complete stand-alone platform which enables developers to fully test out, develop and debug the functionality of the CO2064's firmware without any modifications to the customer's development environment. To minimize footprint, CO2064 iChip offers 256 kBytes of memory, enough to run all networking stacks, and does not need dedicated flash while using the available system flash for storing the device firmware.

Complementing the two iChipSec CO2064 chips included for prototyping, the RoHS-compliant II-EVB-600 offers two USB host and device connectors, two male-female RS-232 DB-9 connectors, RJ-45 connector, RJ-11 connector, SocketModem, WiFi daughter board with antenna, 4-pin TWI connector, two 6-pin SPI connectors and SIM holder with either 110- or 220-V power supply. LEDs provide valuable feedback. Serial cables are included.

Using onchip firmware, developers can send and receive emails with or without attachments perform FTP or use a built-in Web server for remote control and management of the system and application. The SerialNET (Device Server) mode offers a plug-and-play operating mode that enables the connection of any device with an RS-232 interface to the Internet via Modem, LAN Ethernet, WiFi or Cellular, without changing anything on the device's hardware or software.

Packaged in an RoHS-compliant LQFP form factor, the CO2064 operates at 48 MHz in a low-leakage 0.13 micron process. The core operates at 1.2 volts, while I/Os operate at 3.3 volts and can operate in the industrial temperature range.

The data sheet, product brief, presentation, LAN reference design, and EVB user manual for the CO2064 can be downloaded from The II-EVB-600 for secure WiFi, LAN, cellular or dial-up access costs $575.

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