Connect One Releases iChip CO2144 Miniature M2M IP Controller

Connect One[tm], the Device Networking Authority[tm], released iChip CO2144, a new addition to its iChipSEC family of machine-to-machine (M2M) IP Controllers. CO2144 offers complete IP connectivity and security in small form factor, 10x10mm LFBGA 144-ball package. This miniature package supports wireless LAN and all cellular standards, making it ideal for applications such as automotive, remote monitoring, and medical devices where secure, robust connectivity is essential. Multiple power-save modes increase battery life for these mobile devices.

Using the CO2144, embedded developers can quickly and easily connect their embedded devices to any kind of IP network — wired or wireless. CO21244 offers a full suite of Internet protocols and applications, enabling immediate and full — featured connectivity for M2M solutions. Since CO2144 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 CO2144 is Connect One’s AT+i[tm] Protocol, a text-based API that enables fast and easy implementation of Internet networking and security protocols. AT+i 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.

CO2144 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.

“We designed the CO2144 for mobile device developers who need a compact, high-performance M2M IP controller,” noted Ariel Shulman, Connect One vice president of sales. “This miniature communications controller is a highly integrated system-on-a-chip with the latest in secure IP networking protocols perfectly tailored to mobile applications. Because of our AT+i application interface, CO2144 enables customers to release their products quickly and reliably, while reducing development and maintenance costs.”

Embedded developers wanting to add a web user interface to their solutions may use CO2144′s 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.

CO2144 offers flexible connectivity. 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[tm] mode for serial-to-IP bridging.

Developers enjoy a wealth of interfaces. CO2144 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 CO2144 operates at an industrial temperature range of -40° to 85° C (-40° to 185° F) and is RoHS-compliant.

Availability and Evaluation Board
CO2144 is available now and is priced at under $7 for large volume customers. The II-EVB-630 evaluation board ($575 list price) provides an easy environment for developing applications and testing CO2144/2128. Connect One offers several reference designs with the CO2144 on its website.

About Connect One
Established in 1996 and with over a million iChips deployed in more than 50 countries, Connect One 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, 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.