Miniature IP controller for mobile M2M solutions - Embedded.com

Miniature IP controller for mobile M2M solutions

Munich, Germany – The new CO2144 offers complete IP connectivity and security in small form factor, 10x10mm LFBGA 144-ball package. This device in its miniature package supports wireless LAN and all cellular standards, making it well suited for applications where secure, robust connectivity is essential. Multiple power-save modes increase battery life for mobile devices. Using the controller, embedded developers can quickly and easily connect their embedded devices to any kind of IP network – wired or wireless.

Tiny IP Controller for robust IP network connections

The device offers a full suite of Internet protocols and applications, enabling immediate and full”featured connectivity for M2M solutions. Since it works as a coprocessor, developers do not need to program or write code that controls connectivity or application security. Instead, the logical interface between the host application and the IP controller is Connect One's AT+i Protocol, a text-based API that enables fast and easy implementation of Internet networking and security protocols. This interface requires no programming expertise on the part of the designer. Only a few hours are required to create full-featured Internet access, including TCP sockets, SSL encryption, routing, e-mail, and file transfers.

The new device brings Internet security commonly found only in PCs to embedded devices. It serves as a “firewall on a chip,” protecting the embedded device from the Internet attacks. It also includes the latest WLAN (64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 enterprise) and Internet (AES-128/256, SHA-128/192/256, 3DES; SSL3/TLS1 protocol for a secure client socket session) encryption algorithms for complete, end to end encryption support. Embedded developers wanting to add a web user interface to their solutions may use embedded HTTP/HTTPS web server. By uploading the application website into the CO2144 and using simple AT+i commands, the embedded device instantly offers a modern WebUI to the end user. The chip supports seamless WLAN roaming, multiple SSID and WPA2-Enterprise authentication commonly required in large scale WLAN deployments. As well, it supports dial-up and LAN wired networks, as well as 802.11b/g WLAN and practically all cellular solutions (e.g. CDMA, GSM, GPRS, UMTS). CO2144 includes a 10/100BaseT Ethernet MAC and supports 10 simultaneous TCP/UDP sockets; two listening TCP sockets; SMTP, MIME, POP3, FTP/Secure FTP, Telnet, and HTTP/HTTPS clients; and SerialNet mode for serial-to-IP bridging.

The controller eases development by including USB v.2.0 full-speed host and device, a high-speed parallel bus, external bus, SPI, two-wire and USART interfaces. Security features include a random number generator, SHA-1/256 secure hash accelerator, AES-128/192/256 encryption accelerator, 3DES, SSL3/TLS1, and WEP/WPA2 encryption for WiFi. iChipSec also acts as a router among LAN, WiFi and modem platforms, serving as an access point or gateway, which further reduces infrastructure cost and enhances network security. The controller operates at an industrial temperature range of -40 to 85°C (-40 to 185 F) and is RoHS-compliant.

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