Embedded: High security, 32-bit device networking module

Lantronix Inc. announced the MatchPort AR, a turnkey, application-ready programmable device server module that delivers highly-secure industrial Ethernet connectivity and advanced Web server capabilities for under $40 in volume quantities.

09/06/2007


Lantronix Inc

. announced the MatchPort AR, a turnkey, application-ready programmable device server module that delivers highly-secure industrial Ethernet connectivity and advanced Web server capabilities for under $40 in volume quantities.

It enables OEMs to rapidly network enable their products with the ability to send serial data over standard Ethernet with almost no programming. Running on a 32-bit processor with the Lantronix MatchPort Evolution OS (operating system), the product provides the highest levels of performance available in an embedded networking module, allowing it to address data-intensive M2M applications. Without burdening the main processor, the powerful co-processor enables OEMs to quickly create feature-rich, IP-enabled products for medical, security, retail / POS, industrial / building automation, metering, gaming, and signage applications.

The system provides a platform for secure networking with SSH and SSL protocols, advanced web services such as AJAX, a full-featured protocol stack, and SNMP device management capabilities. Now OEMs have the ability to rapidly develop network-ready, web-enabled devices that can be seamlessly integrated into enterprise networks by simply connecting the host microcontroller’s serial port to one of the MatchPort AR’s two available serial ports.

MatchPort AR enables OEMs to future-proof their products. By standardizing on the MatchPort platform, product engineers can design-in the appropriate device network connectivity as their needs dictate--allowing them to match their price and performance requirements without having to redesign their end device. The integrated advanced web server can transform a standalone device into a fully-functional network node that can be remotely managed, monitored, and configured via a standard Web browser from anywhere with Web access.

With a wide operational temperature range of -30 to 70 °C, and providing the ability to select RJ45 jacks for a variety of requirements, such as IEEE 802.3af-compliant PoE (Power over Ethernet), MatchPort AR is rugged and flexible. In addition to network connectivity to the host device, there are seven available control pins (CP/GPIO) to allow customizable, pre-programmed responses, such as email notifications, SNMP traps and alerts, and I/O control of device peripherals such as environmental sensors.

A software development kit (API) will also be available to enable OEMs to customize applications. The 802.11 wireless MatchPort b/g was released earlier this year.

Read also: “

Who Puts the 'Industrial’ in Ethernet

?”

-Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief , Control Engineering
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