Connect One Releases Evaluation Board for iChip CO2128

Connect One(TM), the Device Networking Authority(TM), announced the release of the II EVB-630, an evaluation board which demonstrates how the iChip CO2128, Connect One’s newest and lowest cost IP controller, provides Internet connectivity, encryption and superior security in architecture and software for a host processor or device. The II EVB-630 supports effortless integration of 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 designing machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

The II EVB-630 acts as a complete stand-alone platform which enables developers to fully test out, develop and debug the functionality of the CO2128′s firmware with no modifications to the customer’s development environment. The chip features an open architectural design so that developers can choose the Internet protocols required for their applications. The initial firmware, which is locally updateable firmware, supports up to 10 simultaneous TCP/UDP sockets or secure sockets (SSL3/TLS1); two listen sockets; HTTP/HTTPS, SMTP, FTP/FTPS and TELNET clients; and SerialNET serial-to-IP bridging, HTTP (Web) server, MIME attachments, POP3 client and RAS. Future versions will support remotely updateable firmware.

The features include the ability to send and receive emails with or without attachments, a built-in Web server with two internal Web sites, one for remote control and management of the II-EVB-630 and the other for the device; and the SerialNET (Device Server) mode, a plug-and-play operating mode that enables the connection of any device with an RS-232 interface to the Internet, without changing anything on the device’s hardware or software.

“With the II EVB-630, developers get the opportunity to put the CO2128 through its paces,” noted Izak Shoshana, Connect One’s VP products. “With its unique security architecture, hardware and software security features, 10/100BaseT Ethernet MAC, USB conectivity, high-speed parallel interface, to name but a few of its features, the CO2128 offers exceptional value. We are confident that developers will be thrilled to work with such versatility.”

The II EVB-630 comes loaded for connectivity. Complementing the two iChipSec CO2128 chips included for prototyping, the RoHS-compliant II EVB-630 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, one 10-pin SSC connector, and SIM holder with either 110- or 220-V power supply. LEDs provide valuable feedback. Serial cables are included.

The CO2128 offers unprecedented integration. Many Connect One customers have chosen to reduce their bill of materials and improve their product’s performance by migrating from Connect One’s iChipSec CO711AG chip to the CO2128. The new chip includes a 10/100BaseT Ethernet MAC and many interfaces, 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.

For high bandwidth applications like video streaming, CO2128′s high-speed parallel interface supports up to 32 Mbps with UDP/IP hardware acceleration. Data encryption/decryption also is accelerated in hardware, which tremendously speeds up SSL3 transaction processing time.

Pricing and Availability
The data sheet, product brief, presentation, LAN/WiFi reference design, and EVB user manual for the CO2128 can be downloaded. The II EVB-630 for secure WiFi, LAN, cellular or dial-up access costs $1725.

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 San Jose, CA, Hong Kong, and Kfar Saba, Israel.

Connect One, The Device Networking Authority, iChip, iChipSec, Internet Controller, AT+i, SerialNET, and Socket iWiFi are trademarks of Connect One Ltd.