Date Added: Nov 2009
There is a general consensus that in years to come more and more Internet devices will be embedded and not PC oriented. Just one such prediction is that by 2010, 95% of Internet-connected devices will not be computers. So if they are not computers, what will they be? Embedded Internet devices. One popular solution is to use an 8 bit microcontroller such as Rabbit 2000, AVR or PIC and an Ethernet MAC such as a CS8900A or RTL8029AS hanging of its parallel port pins in 8 bit mode. A Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack is normally written in C and can be striped of features and ported to these resources limited microcontrollers.