SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Scenix Semiconductor Inc. here announced an industry-standard network connectivity protocol stack that runs on a microcontroller for remote access to embedded electronics systems constrained by size and cost factors. The SX-Stack provides direct Internet access for monitoring embedded devices, industrial control systems, and Web-enabled appliances, said three-year-old Scenix.
Scenix's SX series of microcontrollers provides up a platform with up to 100 million instructions per second (MIPS) for the SX-Stack protocol. The MCU is priced in the $5 range, the company said.
"As the Internet becomes a truly ubiquitous communications and interconnectivity medium, we are seeing great demand for embedding Net access capabilities into virtually everything people use, from security systems and vending machines to card readers and home appliances," observed Bulent Celebi, president and CEO of the Santa Clara. "Scenix is now embarking on a 'communications initiative' that will focus on driving this trend by using the unequalled performance of the SX Series MCU family to create incredibly cost-effective connectivity solutions."
Scenix said its approach offers a low-cost alternative to other solutions, which use 32-bit processors and ASICs to handle single-chip protocol stack solutions. The SX-Stack includes the physical interface layer with the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) network connectivity protocols, enabling system designers to produce embedded Internet devices without external physical access chips or a gateway PC, according to Scenix.
The SX-Stack can communicate with any Web browser on the Internet and it can receive or transmit e-mail, said Scenix, which is now offering licensing agreements for the technology. The price of the SX-Stack varies depending upon the licensing agreement.