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MeshNetics adds Zigbee to Atmel AVR Z-link chipsets

Posted: 10 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zigbee? stack software? wireless sensor network?

Atmel Corp. and Zigbee technology provider MeshNetics, have signed an agreement wherein, MeshNetics' eZeeNet ZigBee networking stack software will be bundled with Atmel's AVR Z-Link chipsets, accessory and demonstration kits at no extra cost to the users. MeshNetics eZeeNet Zigbee stack and software development tools can now be downloaded at Atmel's website.

The AVR Z-Link program was initiated to bring complete Atmel hardware-based system solutions to the fast growing and diversified Zigbee market. According to Atmel, customers who seek to realize its hardware's significant benefits need software tailored to their needs. Collaborations, such as its agreement with MeshNetics allow faster and less costly time-to-market for the clients, said Atmel.

"Success of a Zigbee solution development largely depends on the right combination of hardware and software," said Vasiliy Suvorov, CEO of MeshNetics. "Our latest free Zigbee software tools will help bring new Zigbee-ready products to the market faster and cut development costs at the same time."

MeshNetics brings years of experience in firmware, module design, and wireless sensor networking software. The Zigbee tech provider has expertise in developing wireless sensor data integration solutions for building monitoring, HVAC control, plant safety and equipment monitoring. Meanwhile, the smallest ZigBit IEEE802.15.4/Zigbee modules are based on the AVR Z-Link hardware platform and offer line-of-site unamplified range of over 1,000m. The mesh networking eZeeNet software and sample applications, included in the development kit, provide all the tools needed to develop reliable, cost-effective Zigbee solutions.

"As a result of the agreement with MeshNetics, we are now able to offer a complete development environment for wireless sensor networks ranging from state-of-the art chipsets and modules, via affordable development kits and tools, to a free Zigbee stack," said Magnus Pedersen, Atmel's director of AVR RF marketing. "Free software to support ZigBit modules from MeshNetics as well as AVR Z-Link chipsets from Atmel, gives our customers a flying start en-route to certifiable Zigbee products, and significantly reduces the efforts to get final products into volume production."




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