Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Lantronix – Embedded processor module secures connections

Sep 20 2005 - Connectors, Switches & EMECH [More Connectors, Switches & EMECH Articles]

Two ´breakthrough technologies´ bringing powerful, data-centre grade

information exchange capabilities to embedded devices arrayed throughout

private networks and the Internet, have been announced, by Lantronix.

The new XPort Architect (AR) embedded processor module, is the first product

to take advantage of the company´s enterprise-class Evolution Network

Operating System (ENOS). Designed to connect devices with secure business

and control applications, the XPort AR takes advantage of the same

high-level data transport and security mechanisms adopted worldwide by IT

professionals. The announcement represents the next step in the progression

of the award-winning Lantronix XPort family and extends the line with more

memory, processing power and data-centre protocols for applications

requiring increased on-module intelligence and customisation.

The XPort AR module includes a complete embedded computer, an Ethernet

10/100 interface along with an on-board network operating system and web

server in a miniaturised RJ45 package. The fully integrated XPort AR can be

used as a device´s central processing unit (CPU), allowing developers to add

their own device-specific intelligence through an Application Programming

Interface (API). The Power over Ethernet (PoE) pass-through feature

eliminates power cables to the device, making the XPort AR the first fully

IEEE PoE standards-compliant embedded device server module.

“The convergence of machine information with enterprise business processes

will transform the way companies deliver service and capture latent

lifecycle profits,” said Marc Nussbaum, CEO, Lantronix. “Lantronix

transformed device networking two years ago by delivering XPort, the world´s

leading embedded web server, dramatically reducing an OEM´s development

cycle for adding networking capabilities. The new XPort AR enables companies

to build custom devices that more easily integrate as full-fledged members

of the corporate infrastructure. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) integration adds

tremendous value by enhancing processes such as work flow improvement, asset

tracking, customer service and product maintenance in a wide variety of

vertical markets including industrial and building automation, security,

medical, financial, energy metering and point-of-sale applications.”

Featuring a new powerful Lantronix DSTni 120 megahertz (MHz) processor, up

to three serial ports to control three serial devices, 11 General Purpose

Input/Output (GPIO) control pins, 4 Mbytes of flash memory and 1.25 Mbytes

of SRAM, XPort AR enables manufacturers to quickly and easily build Ethernet

or IP networking capabilities into their products.

This gives users the ability to remotely monitor, access and manage devices

or machines over a network or the Internet. XPort AR also provides local

processing and storage of information from the attached device. Using either

active or inactive Ethernet pairs, XPort AR is fully compliant with IEEE

802.3af PoE to edge devices and is compatible with any standards complaint

PoE Ethernet switch. PoE-enabled devices can dramatically lower overall

material and installation costs.

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