August 6, 2010 is the due date, but don't leave this until the last minute. Even module-based design can take a while to refine. The pros get to target two awards of $6000 and $3000. Students compete in their own category with a top prize of $3000. Sounds like a great summer project, but get started in May rather than July.
For those unfamiliar with the XPort line, the XPort Pro is the latest module from Lantronix. It is a large RJ-45 jack that houses a 32-bit micro with 16 Mbytes of flash and 8 Mbytes of SDRAM. It also has a high-speed serial port and 3 GPIO pins. Just supply power, an application board and your software. Both Linux and the Evolution OS handle networking chores from email to web services. This includes SSLv3 and SSHv2 client and server support as well as AES, 3DES and RC4 encryption support.
Remote management is possible when the devices are integrated with ManageLinx, Lantronix's web-based device management service. The XPort product family also includes wireless modules as well modules like the MatchPort b/g Pro.