Lantronix ships first RJ-45-embedded web/network server

Irvine, CA—Lantronix Inc. began shipping Feb. 24 its new Xport embedded device server, which it reports is a complete networking solution enclosed in a RJ-45 package.


Irvine, CA— Lantronix Inc. typical internal development cycles for adding networking from six to nine months down to as little as 60 days.

To eliminate the complexity of creating a network-enabling solution, XPort provides an integrated solution that includes a 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet connection; a reliable and proven operating system; an embedded web server; flexible firmware; a full TCP/IP protocol stack; e-mail alerts; and optional 128-bit standards-based (AES) encryption. Everything designers need to add network connectivity is incorporated into XPort's compact design, which allows developers to "drop" XPort onto a simple circuit board with a minimum of engineering, and dramatically reduce their time to market.

"With more than 2 million products in use worldwide, the experience that we gained in developing our products has given us the expertise to leapfrog our competition with a market-disruptive technology such as XPort," says Geoffrey Boyce, Lantronix's executive vp of marketing. "Using XPort's highly integrated hardware and software platform, manufacturers will enhance their profitability by significantly reducing the engineering risk and cost associated with adding networking capabilities to their products."

Mr. Boyce adds that XPort addresses the classic make-versus-buy question that all manufacturers must face when adding networking capabilities. "Manufacturers do not need to spend upwards of 48 `person-months' and hundreds of thousands of dollars in development time to become experts on Ethernet and write an IP stack when they can simply purchase an integrated solution from Lantronix. We have taken the complexity out of developing a network-enabling solution and made it simple by doing it for them," says Mr. Boyce.

He adds that one of the main differences between the XPort and its competitors is that it offers the highest measure of security in the device server market. Lantronix is reportedly the first device-networking provider to offer the Rijndael encryption algorithm as an option in any of its device service products. Rijndael is a candidate for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and a federally mandated encryption method for any product purchased by a government agency. "Lantronix understands the extreme importance of ensuring the most secure connection for the information that is transmitted to and from a networked device," says Mr. Boyce. "For this reason, Lantronix built Rijndael encryption and password protection into the XPort to prevent unauthorized access."

For more effective remote monitoring and management of networked devices, XPort also enables e-mail notification of a prescribed event or alarm on a device.

In addition, an XPort Development Kit is available to provide a quick and cost-effective way to evaluate the product. The kit includes a circuit board assembly with Xport; a power supply; configuration options; status LEDs; and an RS-232 serial interface for an easy connection to a PC. A reset circuit with a pushbutton reset; status LEDs; and a timer circuit are also available.

Control Engineering Daily New Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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