Lantronix launches WiPort wireless embedded device server

Irvine, CA—Lantronix Inc. has launched its new WiPort wireless embedded device server, which it reports is the first to offer both IEEE 802.11b wireless and wired Ethernet connectivity in one compact, integrated module.


Irvine, CA— Lantronix Inc. has launched its new WiPort wireless embedded device server, which it reports is the first to offer both IEEE 802.11b wireless and wired Ethernet connectivity in one compact, integrated module. WiPort allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to easily add wireless connectivity to their products, which cuts development costs and accelerates time to market.

WiPort eliminates the complexity of adding wireless networking to a device because it oper-ates independently of a PC and combines a processor, memory, 802.11b transceiver, and dual high-speed serial ports in its single module. WiPort’s wired and wireless LAN interfaces give OEMs the flexibility to incorporate networking into their products. WiPort also includes a robust operating system with embedded Web- and device-server functionality, full TCP/IP protocol stack, WEP/WPA security, which are all in a compact package that is smaller than a matchbook, measuring approximately 1 inch per side.

“Lantronix led the industry with XPort, the world’s first integrated, miniaturized device server. WiPort further reinforces Lantronix’s leadership position by delivering the first embedded device server with both wired and 802.11b wireless interfaces, and the highest data rates available,” says Marc Nussbaum, Lantronix’s president and CEO. “Now, OEM design engineers can rapidly add wireless network connectivity to their products, so customers can remotely access, monitor and manage networked devices from any location via the Internet.”

WiPort’s innovative and flexible platform is designed to accommodate the broadest range of OEM requirements for wireless embedded device servers. With 40 pins per module, WiPort can easily support many different interfaces, and the flexible antenna configuration enables WiPort to be placed anywhere on a board. WiPort also delivers unprecedented serial data speeds by sup-porting up to 920 Kbps, and provides more control with up to 11 simultaneous configurable I/Os, the most of any embedded wireless device server available. In addition, software developed for Lantronix’s award-winning XPort is fully compatible with the WiPort platform, enabling quick and easy migration from a wired to wireless design.

Evaluation units of WiPort are available now for qualified OEMs, with general availability beginning in April 2004. Also, WiPort will be demonstrated in Lantronix’s exhibit (Booth #2501) at the upcoming electronicaUSA with Embedded Systems Conference, March 30 through April 1, in San Francisco.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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