Connect One Introduces ichip CO120SQ Programmable Internet Controller

Connect OneTM today announced the release of iChipTM CO120SQ, a low-cost programmable Internet ControllerTM chip whose pin-out and functionality are determined by its “firmware flavor.” Shipped from the factory with the basic boot block, designers can choose the firmware flavor that includes the features and Internet protocols (IP) needed for their application-specific designs. C0120SQ’s low-power consumption and firmware updateability make it ideal for devices such as point-of-sale terminals, gateways, medical devices, utility meters, and handheld devices that use wired or wireless LANs. With about one million iChip units deployed worldwide, Connect One is one of the leading providers of IP co-processor chips for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

The small, 64-pin TQFP CO120SQ goes the distance in meeting M2M connectivity needs. Designed for 802.11b/g WiFi and 10/100BaseT LAN access, CO120′s firmware flavors enable a combination of up to 10 TCP/UDP sockets; two listen sockets; clients for HTTP, SMTP, and FTP; and the SerialNETTM port server operating mode for serial-to-IP bridging. A choice of locally or remotely updateable firmware is available, and protocol maintenance is free from Connect One. Firmware flavors for cellular and dial-up modem applications will be available in Q3.

iChip works with any host processor and any or no host RTOS. Since iChip offloads TCP/IP communications from the host application, minimum development time or IP expertise is required. Design-in time typically is one man-month.

“As a long-time Connect One customer, CO120SQ was the logical choice to add IP connectivity to our new LAN-enabled gateway,” noted Ory Gur, CEO of Modules Ltd. in Rosh Haayin, Israel. “We needed a versatile, robust solution, because the gateways are connected via different networks and servers. iChip has proven its reliability in the thousands of modem-enabled vending machine gateways that we have deployed worldwide with the first-generation iChip. We knew that CO120SQ would reduce our development time and reduce our support costs for the new LAN gateway since Connect One provides excellent design support and free updates of the Internet protocols.”

“M2M is currently experiencing exponential growth,” according to Alan Singer, vice president of sales and marketing at Connect One. “Companies such as Modules are at the forefront of industries that are migrating their communications to the Internet in order to increase market share and profitability. Modules has counted on Connect One for unequalled performance and support for more than five years. They knew that our CO120SQ LAN solution would be fast and easy to design, deploy and maintain.”

CO120SQ also includes many efficiencies for the developer. A USB v2.0 full-speed client interface and I2C or SPI host interfaces of up to 250 kbps in serial mode ensure high bandwidth between the chip and the host processor. Working from a single power supply, the I/Os operate at 3.3 V and the core at 1.8 V. Sleep and power save modes offer further power savings. CO120SQ operates in the industrial temperature range and is RoHS-compliant.

For secure applications, a sister chip, iChipSec CO121SQ, will be introduced in Q3. iChipSec supports SSL3/TLS1.0, FTPS, and WPA2, and will support HTTPS and SMTPS in Q4.

Pricing and Availability
iChip CO120SQ is available now with pricing of $11.25 for over 10,000 units. Development board II-EVB-511 for WiFi applications sells for $450 and II-EVB-501 for LAN sells for $275. For more information about CO120SQ, please visit

About Connect One
Established in 1996, Connect One Ltd. is widely regarded as the device networking authority, with many innovative firsts to its credit. The company manufactures semiconductors and device servers that facilitate reliable and robust Internet Protocol-based communication for everyday devices. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Kfar Saba, Israel. For further information, please send an e-mail to

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