iChip allows monitoring, control WAP-enabled phones or PDAs


Phoenix, Ariz.- Connect One reported July 10 that its iChip Internet Controller is the first Internet peripheral chip to store and serve Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) documents as WML files in an on-chip WAP web site. This allows industrial and household products to send content to, and be managed by, WAP-enabled phones and PDAs. With WAP-based mobile management, users are no longer restricted to PC-based web browsers for device management.

WAP is a standard for providing information services on wireless handsets and Internet appliances. Until now, WAP users could obtain Internet content and services only from service providers via smart handheld devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, pagers, two-way radios, smart phones, communicators and terminals. With iChip's WAP server embedded in a host device, users of these mobile devices can view and control the status of any iChip-enabled product from the mobile device's WAP browser. iChip's WAP site is stored in 32 KB of on-chip, updateable memory.

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, or 10/100 BaseT 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 AT+I Application Programming Interface, which enables manufacturers with limited Internet programming capability to Internet-enable their devices by writing just a few commands in their application.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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