6LoWPAN Protocol, IEEE 802.15 4 Wireless Modules

IDT’s IPv6 modules enable secure low-power wireless IPv6 communication for sensors and small devices. IDT provides a user-programmable, royalty-free stack with mesh routing capability. The wireless data communication modules are ideal for sensors and other small devices used in industry and building automation, health monitoring, smart metering and keyless entry systems.

About IPv6 Modules for the Internet of Things

Using IPv6 as the network communication protocol for wireless, low-power sensor and small device networks allows for easy integration of each single device into existing information technology infrastructure. In order to enable efficient operation of IPv6 in power- and resource-limited applications, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has developed the open 6LoWPAN standard, minimizing the use of resources.

The IPv6 modules include a powerful 32-bit ARM microcontroller, allowing the user to run his application directly on the module. The user application has full access to all peripheral resources and communication interfaces of the microcontroller, making the module the ideal platform for many types applications in the Internet of Things (IoT). The operating system and network stack, required by the application, are provided as a set of firmware libraries. Alternatively users may choose to use their existing microcontroller and use the module as modem device only, using either UART or SPI as the communication interface.

IDT’s firmware libraries for the 6LoWPAN modules include functionality for enabling modules for over-the-air updates after installation in the field. This allows integration of new features or fixing of bugs at any time. Secure communication is provided by standard-compliant implementations of the Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) protocol suite and the Internet Key Exchange Protocol version 2 (IKEv2), which enable highly secure end-to-end communication, including over unsecure network nodes.