Off-the-shelf chip offers wireless Net connects

Connect One's iChip Internet Controller embeds TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) - the language computers speak to each other on the internet - inside any device, machine or system with which it is equipped, said Alan Singer, Connect One's vice president of sales and marketing.

As long as the device has some connection to the internet, either with a line connection or a wireless modem, the iChip eliminates the need for a server to translate transmissions into and out of TCP/IP, saving designers from having to include software in the devices to connect to servers.

Perhaps more importantly, the iChip also eliminates the need to tie wireless application protocol (WAP) enabled phones into a particular service to connect with the internet. For a WAP-enabled phone to connect to the internet, the service provider must have WAP capability. An iChip-equipped phone could use any ISP.

WAP-enabled phone adoption has stalled in the US because users are limited in their subscription choices, said Franceska Nabarak, a senior technology analyst at IT market research company Yankee Group.

"People are banging their heads up against the wall trying to find a way to make the internet more friendly to cell phones," she said. "How much value is being added with WAP? I don't know. I don't see it," she said.

The iChip, and similar products under development from iReady, such as the iChip S-7600A, will serve to move internet connectivity from traditional communications devices like cell phones and computers to devices like refrigerators, cars and cameras, said Nabarak.

For example, a gas meter connected to the Web wouldn't have to be visited by a meter reader in person, saving money in transportation and salary by allowing the company to read it from an office, Singer said.

And when designers begin to make greater use of Bluetooth - a technology which allows devices to communicate wirelessly using a short-range radio transmitter integrated onto a computer chip - then iChip will come into its own. "I can imagine future products, where chips like this can be Bluetooth-enabled," Nabarak said. "The ability to embed this chip, along with a Bluetooth chip, will make this what they call a killer application."

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?