11/21/2003 - Connect OneTM announced that that E-Wintek Co. Ltd, (Taipei, Taiwan) has started mass production of their WG-2200 GPS/GPRS Multifunction AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) fleet management terminal with Connect One's iChipTM Internet ControllerTM on-board. The WG-2200-consisting of a GPS (Global Positioning System) board, a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) modem with an internal SIM-card reader, and a controller board-was designed to offer customers a high level of functionality and configurability.
"Connect One's iChip enabled us to start production of our AVL terminal just four months after we built our prototypes," said Vic Chen, R&D manager at E-Wintek. "The fast design-in time gave us a major jump on our competition. We did not have to spend valuable time writing programs for Internet connectivity and adding them to our fleet management application, since iChip includes all the Internet protocols needed for GPRS connectivity. We were able to dump all the output from the terminal's controller-vehicle ID, latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, heading, times, status, and satellites used-directly to iChip, which formatted it into TCP/IP packets and sent it over the GPRS network."
"iChip offers manufacturers unbeatable time-to-market," said Alan Singer, Connect One vice president of sales and marketing. "It enables them to focus on what they do best-develop their product's core application-while iChip offloads the Internet connectivity tasks from the host CPU and application. By saving costly development time, iChip directly contributes revenue to the manufacturer's bottom line."
An updateable communication controller chip, iChip mediates the connection between a host processor and the Internet by offloading Internet connectivity tasks from the host processor. iChip connects devices to the Internet via dial-up modems, wireless modems (AMPS, CDMA, CDMA2000, CDPD, GPRS, GSM, IDEN, and TDMA cellular protocols), 802.11b Wireless LANs, or 10/100BaseT Ethernet LANs. iChip supports the full TCP/IP stack, plus upper layer protocols like SMTP, POP3, MIME, HTTP, WAP, FTP and TELNET. It includes onboard Web and WAP servers.
Onboard flash memory stores Internet protocols and configuration parameters, which are independent of the host application, and can be remotely updated over the Internet. iChip interfaces a device's host processor via a serial or parallel connection and Connect One's AT+iTM Application Programming Interface, which enbles manufacturers with limited Internet programming resources to quickly and easily Internet-enable their devices by writing just a few commands in their application. iChip's SerialNETTM mode eliminates any Internet programming by packetizing and streaming data over a TCP or UDP socket to a remote IP address.
Pricing and Availability
iChip is available for $20 in lots of 10,000 units. The chip is available from distributors worldwide. Please visit Connect One's Web site at www.connectone.com for a complete list of distributors and representatives.
About Connect One
Connect One develops and produces chips, software, and hardware that enable manufacturers of industrial, commercial, medical and consumer devices to reduce the time, cost, complexity and risk of connecting devices to the Internet. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Kfar Saba, Israel. For further information, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.connectone.com or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. iChip, Internet Controller, AT+i, and Connect One are trademarks of Connect One Ltd.
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