August 22, 2001 – Tustin, CA – TDK Semiconductor Corp has partnered with Seiko Instruments USA, Torrance, CA, to provide a streaming socket technology based Internet modem. The product, marketed by Seiko as the iChip Internet Modem Module (IMM), is combining a true single-chip embedded modem with the iChip TCP/IP/PPP hardware protocol stack, thus offering complete Internet connectivity.
“Our customers asked us to provide an integrated TCP/IP modem product that suits their technology requirements. Partnering with TDK Semiconductor and designing-in their fast-connect modem, allowed us to create the IMM,” said Don Feeney, general manager for Seiko Instruments USA.
The 73M2901C is an extension of TDK Semiconductor’s 73M2901 device released in 1999. It combines all the controller (DTE) and data pump functions necessary to implement an intelligent V.22bis data modem. Typical applications may include set-top box, point-of-sale terminals, automatic teller machines, hand-held communication devices, metering and vending devices, and smart card readers.
The company plans to further expand this line of IC devices in the near future.