Connect One's New iChip Emulator Allows Fast, Free Evaluation of iChip TCP/IP Controller Functionality

9/5/2002 - Connect OneTM announces the availability of iChip EmulatorTM, a WindowsTM utility program that permits fast evaluation of the functionality of Connect One's iChipTM Internet ControllerTM chip. The code has been ported to the PC environment from iChip, a coprocessor that eliminates the time, cost and complexity of Internet-enabling common products.

iChip Emulator turns a PC into an iChip Internet controller that runs Connect One's AT+iTM command set, a high-level user interface between iChip and the host processor on the target device for Internet connectivity. iChip Emulator permits the user to send and receive email or Web pages, browse its internal Web site, manage FTP and Telnet sessions, or to use TCP and UDP sockets directly. iChip connects to any ISP via the PC's modem or via an external analog dial-up or wireless modem. The utility works on any PC with the Windows 98 or 2000 operating system and includes a wizard that handholds users through the process of setting up Internet configuration parameters.

"iChip Emulator--especially its embedded Web server--was very easy to work with and simplified implementation of the iChip protocol in our new GPRS-based fleet management terminal," said Christian Simmer, development engineer at Ebner Electronic GmbH, an Austrian manufacturer of data acquisition and logistics solutions for the dairy industry. "Chip Emulator helped me to create the code in the target device, where logging or testing is very difficult. We were not able to implement a TCP/IP stack in our Hitachi H8/520, so iChip was a very nice solution for getting it on the Internet."

"Without spending any money, a potential customer can quickly understand how easy it is to Internet-enable his product with iChip," said Alan Singer, Connect One vice president of sales and marketing. "iChip Emulator is a great tool for evaluating iChip functionality and for debugging. It will help to demystify Internet connectivity and will hasten the deployment of new iChip-enabled products."

About the AT+i Protocol
Connect One pioneered the concept of a simple Application Programming Interface that uses an Internet controller to enable TCP/IP communication in a target device that uses any host processor and any (or no) host operating system. The AT+i protocol is an Internet extension of the industry-standard Hayes AT command set for modem communication. It uses simple ASCII text for programming commands and parameters into the host application. By extending the AT command set to include Internet connectivity commands, Connect One has made it possible to easily upgrade applications with modem communication to Internet modem connectivity. The AT+i protocol also includes commands for LAN connectivity.

About iChip
iChip is an updateable Internet peripheral chip that mediates the connection between a host processor and the Internet. It offloads Internet connectivity tasks from the host processor and connects to the Internet via dial-up modems, wireless phones or modems (AMPS, CDMA, CDPD, GPRS, GSM, IDEN, and TDMA modems), or 10/100BaseT Ethernet LANs. Internet protocols and configuration parameters are stored in iChip's onboard flash memory, are independent of the host application, and can be remotely updated over the Internet. iChip interfaces to a device's host processor via a serial connection and Connect One's high-level AT+iTM Application Programming Interface, which enables manufacturers with limited Internet programming capability to quickly and easily Internet-enable their devices by writing just a few commands in their application.

Pricing and Availability
iChip Emulator can be downloaded for free from Connect One's Web site at iChip is available in North America from Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Please visit Connect One's Web site at for a complete list of distributors and representatives. Suggested pricing for iChip is $20 for over 10,000 units.

About Connect One (
Connect One develops and manufactures chips, software, and hardware that enable manufacturers of industrial, commercial and consumer devices to reduce the time, cost and complexity of connecting devices to the Internet. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in Santa Clara, CA and Kfar Saba, Israel.

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