PHOENIX -- Connect One Semiconductors Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's first chip that enables Internet access between dial-up or wireless modems and Ethernet-based local-area networks (LANs).
The device--dubbed the iChip Plus--can be connected to a LAN, phone line or wireless modem for Internet connectivity. The chip requires no host processor and works with any operating system.
Internet protocols and configuration parameters are stored in iChip's onboard flash memory. It can be remotely updated over the Internet. No programming is required by the end user, according to the company.
"Many LAN-attached devices can benefit from remote monitoring or control over the Internet. However, they cannot be accessed from outside the LAN because they sit behind a firewall," said Alan Singer, Connect One's vice president of sales and marketing.
"By connecting to an ISP over a dial-up line, iChip Plus solves this problem. It employs several techniques to report its dynamically-assigned IP address, thus allowing a Web browser to access its on-chip, user-created Web site for remote management or monitoring purposes," he said.
A new evaluation board, II-EVB-100, is available as a development environment for 3.3-volt or 5-volt versions of iChip Plus. II-EVB includes iChip Plus, a SocketModem module, a 10BaseT Ethernet controller, and connectors for test and accessing an external wireline or wireless modem.
Suggested pricing for iChip Plus is $23 for over 10,000 units. The board is $325 for the 5-volt II-EVB-100 and $350 for 3.3-volt version.