Posts Tagged ‘zigbee module’

XBee PRO is pretty cool

Sunday, August 10th, 2008 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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