Posts Tagged ‘zigbee module’

XBee PRO is pretty cool

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:OCV8gZJKGTLO3M:http://www.recherche.enac.fr/wiki_images/XBee_pro.jpgThis is an interesting blog post, mostly because the XBee Pro is rated at about 1.6 km line of sight. However this guy is claiming to get about 150m (~150 yards) before data gets corrupted….

So i have a side project that i’m working on, a wireless OBD-II scanner.  It’s pretty interesting and I have some guidence from a professor at WPI.  The wireless unit I chose to work with is the XBee PRO.  This thing is solid.  The development kit ($179) came with everything I needed to get started and get proof of concept.  I was transmitting wireless data within minutes of setting up the system.  The chip is extremely small, too, so it has a variety of applications.

Source: Zigbee News by Freaklabs

Radiocrafts Rolls Out Compact ZigBee Network Module

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Radiocrafts AS, a leading provider of compact RF modules, now expand their product line with a compact ZigBee Network Module (ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks. The ZNM module offers the complete ZigBee network protocol in a small module with an easy to use API interface. By using the new ZNM module, ZigBee applications can be built with minimum effort, reducing time to market.

The RC2300-ZNM module is a compact surface-mounted high performance module measuring only 12.7 x 25.4 x 2.5 mm including EMC shielding and integrated antenna. The module is delivered on tape and reel for volume production.

The module is very easy to use having a UART or SPI interface for serial communication and configuration. The ZigBee application runs in any external controller, communicating with the module by an easy-to-use API. With only 10 API calls, a complete application can be made. The new module supports all features of the ZigBee 2006 standard.

The RC2300-ZNM module is pre-certified for operation under the European, FCC and ARIB radio regulations for license-free use. It operates at 16 channels in the 2.45 GHz frequency band. When used with quarter-wave antennas a line-of-sight range of 250 meter can be achieved. Indoor range is typically 10 – 30 meter. The module is designed for use in battery operated systems using sleep mode with less than 1 uA.

Source: EDA Geek

World’s first 32-b ARM-based ZigBee radio module

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

CEL reports that it has released the world’s first 32-bit ARM-based ZigBee radio module. The new IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver solution is named the FreeStar Pro (part number ZFSM-201-1) and is based on the Freescale MC13224V 32 bit ARM Platform-in-Package (PiP).

The processing power of the MC13224V enables designers to eliminate the peripheral host processors often required by 8 and 16-bit transceiver solutions. FreeStar Pro modules are well suited for remote sensing, AMR/AMI, home and building automation, industrial control, and security applications. With +20dBm output power and a range of over 4000 feet, they’re also a good fit for mesh, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint networks. Transmit current is specified at 150 mA, receive is 21mA, and standby is 1.1μA.

FreeStar Pro modules have a footprint of 23 x 31 mm. They feature an integrated antenna as well as an optional interface for an external antenna. Modules support the Freescale BeeStack™ software, and will be FCC, IC and CE certified.

Evaluation Kits provide two modules mounted on self-contained interface boards. These boards can be optionally battery-powered enabling developers to create and test network connections under real-world environmental conditions. Evaluation Software is also included in the kits that allow designers to configure the modules’ settings: transmission channel, network ID, node ID, transmission power, send and receive packets; and determine packet error rates.

FreeStar Pro modules will begin sampling in August with pricing $16 (10,000 qty.)

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