Unattackable Firewall SoC with TCP/IP Offload Engine for Internet of Things


There is no doubt that the number of IoTs will increase explosively.

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.

As the IoT device continues to increase, IoT devices will be faced with the network flooding attack, such as DDoS, more frequently. However, because of its capacity of memory and MCU, nearly most IoT devices are very vulnerable to heavy network attacks and traffisc.

Weakness of these IoT device must be a great opportunity to TOE-embedded MCU, W7500. While TOE under Network attack is to reduce the MCU and memory resources of IoT device, because it is possible to protect the System of IoT device.

What is Firewall TCP/IP offload Engine for IoT?

Software TCP/IP stack

First, let’s examine the Software TCP/IP stack.

Software TCP/IP stack implemented on host system requires more capacity of extra memory and extra processing power for network communications. Normally, ARM Cortex-M core copies data from Ethernet MAC buffer to memory, analyze the received packets in memory using the software stack and then executes an appropriate process.



If network flooding attack has occurres, Cortex-M will repeatedly excute process in order to process flooding packets. Therefor, excessive number of TCP requests such as SYN-flooding attacks will overload the IoT device.

Hardware TCP/IP



On the other hand, the hardware TCP/IP TOE, which is implemented as Hardwired logic from Ethernet MAC Layer to TCP/IP Layer, is able to protect IoT system against network attack under excessive number of flooding packet by making discard flooding packets detected.

If you go to the below link, you can understand how strong WIZnet’s TOE is to the network attack.

Source : https://embeddist.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/firewall-soc-with-tcpip-offload-engine-for-internet-of-things/


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