Connect One™ (San Jose, CA) offers a reference design and a corresponding evaluation board that bring together Microchip's PIC24FJ64GA006 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) for application control, and the CO2128 iChip for secure, reliable TCP/IP connectivity to LAN and GPRS networks. Using the evaluation board, developers can quickly and easily develop an IP-en abled embedded system where the application resides on the PIC24 MCU and the networking and security are provided by the CO2128 iChip. The evaluation board provides dual-core Internet secure architecture where all con nectivity features are isolated from the application, providing a natural firewall. The PIC24F MCU provides application developers with RS-232/RS-485 serial connections, one serial peripheral interface, eight general-purpose I/O pins, an analog- to-digital converter, and 64 KB Flash and 8 KB RAM memory. With simple integration of an MII or RMII PHY, a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet link can be created. A UART connection allows users to operate at a baud rate of up to 1 Mbps between the PIC24 and the iChip. The CO2128 operates at an industrial temperature range of -40° to +85° C and is RoHScompliant.

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