Connect One, Wi2Wi Debut iWiFi Embedded Serial-to-WiFi Device Server

Connect One, the Device Networking Authority, and Wi2Wi, an industry leader in small form factor, multiple radio wireless SiP devices and modules, released Secure Socket iWiFi, a new embedded serial-to-WiFi device server that quickly and easily connects devices running machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to 802.11b/g wireless LANs. By using state-of-the-art packaging and coexistent innovations, Connect One and Wi2Wi have established a new price point for iWiFi connections, offering the lowest cost WiFi connectivity available. In addition to breaking the price point for WiFi connectivity, Secure Socket iWiFi set new standards in protecting M2M applications from network attacks.

Secure Socket iWiFi uses Connect One’s iChipSec CO2128 Internet Protocol (IP) communication controller chip—which includes the latest encryption, hardware internalized security and full suite of Internet protocols and applications—as a firewall and Wi2Wi’s W2SW0001 Wireless LAN Module, which is based on a leading vendor of WiFi chipsets. Enabling devices that use communication modules in the industry-standard SocketModem form factor, Secure Socket iWiFi can be integrated into a wireless LAN network with minimal programming.

Although many off-the-shelf, third-party software libraries add WiFi connectivity to Windows or Linux PC-based applications, Connect One can effectively and quickly WiFi-enable non-PC devices that use other embedded real-time operating systems. Secure Socket iWiFi overcomes time and complexity barriers by unbundling the wireless and security drivers from the application. To use Connect One’s serial-to-WiFi device server, designers do not need to significantly reprogram applications since Connect One’s iChipSec CO2128 and high-level AT+i API offload the WiFi drivers, WPA supplicant, security and networking protocols, and communication tasks from the host application. iChipSec CO2128 integrated, hardware-based SSL encryption engine assure end-to-end secure data transfers, even over the Internet. iChipSec CO2128 also acts as a firewall-in-a-chip, protecting the application from networks attacks.

“Connect One’s reputation as a leading connectivity innovator made them an obvious partner for this product development,” stated Dhiraj Solgani, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wi2Wi. “Integrating our WiFi solution into the iChip-based socket provides unmatched time to market since developers can get a solution up and running in only one-man month.”

“WiFi is quickly becoming the most asked for requirement in M2M applications for point of sale, medical devices and security applications,” noted Izak Shoshana, Vice President Marketing for Connect One. “Wi2Wi superior technology with the iChip solution gives customers a jump start thanks to its very low cost, simple AT+I interface, hardware encryption and no need for drivers. Since Secure Socket iWiFi is also certified in many countries including the United States, Japan and Europe for example, it becomes an obvious best choice.”

By offloading connectivity, cryptography and security from the application processor, Secure Socket iWiFi frees up host processing time and simplifies the wireless design process. As a coprocessor with remotely updateable firmware, new security or connectivity protocols do not require application redesign, increased memory or faster processor speed to meet future wireless demands.

With Secure Socket iWiFi, developers can take advantage of 10 simultaneous TCP/UDP sockets; two listening sockets; SMTP, MIME, POP3, FTP, Telnet, and HTTP/HTTPS clients; a Web server with a website for the application and one for configuring iChipSec CO2128; and SerialNet(TM) mode for serial-to-IP bridging. Secure Socket iWiFi supports 64-/128-bit WEP encryption, WPA1 and WPA2 WiFi encryption, AES-128/256, SHA-128/192/256, 3DES; the SSL3/TLS1 protocol for a secure client socket session and a secure FTP session.

The module is power-efficient with the core operating at 1.2V, while I/Os operate at 3.3V (typically 200mW). Several sleep modes further reduce power consumption. The module operates at an extended temperature range of -20° to 70° C (-4° to 158° F) and is RoHS compliant.

Pricing and Availability
Secure Socket iWiFi is available now for sub $40 in quantities of 5,000 units. The II-EVB-361MS evaluation board provides an easy environment for developing applications and testing Secure Socket iWiFi and costs $160. For large-volume customers, a reference design is available for an onboard implementation of the iChipSec CO2128 and the Wi2Wi chipset.

About Wi2Wi
Operating since 1997, Wi2Wi Inc. is a premier supplier of Modem, 802.11, Bluetooth, GPS and combination solutions. Wi2Wi develops and supplies Module and System-in-Package Wireless Products to the world’s largest Handheld, PC and Peripheral OEMs. Wi2Wi is headquartered in San Jose, California. With its patent-pending wireless integration technology along with industry leading silicon and supply chain partners, it is committed to providing cost effective, high quality solutions for the wireless communications market.

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 secure, reliable and robust Internet Protocol-based communication for everyday devices. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in San Jose, CA, Japan, 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.