The XChip Direct™ SoC rapidly delivers highly-affordable and field-proven Ethernet (IP) connectivity to virtually any electronic product with a serial interface on its host microcontroller. In designs where embedded web server capability is not required, XChip Direct delivers the SoC bundled with application and networking firmware for the same level of Ethernet connectivity as the market-proven XPort® Direct device networking module.
XChip Direct is a highly-integrated x86 class processor that includes a built in Ethernet MAC and 10-100 PHY, 256 KB zero wait-state SRAM, up to 2 GPIOs and a high-performance serial UART in a compact 12mm x 12mm 184 BGA RoHS-compliant, industrial temperature package. A dedicated networking co-processor, it enables the host microcontroller to function at maximum capacity without the burden of network processing overhead. It enables OEMs to use less expensive, less powerful host microcontrollers on their products without sacrificing performance.
XChip Direct comes with robust, licensed networking firmware so virtually zero programming is required. Powered by the same firmware already deployed in millions of networked nodes, this processor makes it easy to design-in connectivity and significantly speed time-to-market. The application-ready networking firmware and a feature-rich network protocol stack includes TCP/IP, UDP, BootP, DHCP and AutoIP. It also features a variety of configurable options for serial-to-Ethernet tunneling (baud rate, flow control, port number, data packing control intervals, inactivity timeout and MTU size).