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NEC, Chipcon partner on ZigBee module

Posted: 18 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nec engineering? chipcon as? module? ieee 802.15.4? zigbee?

NEC Engineering Ltd, in cooperation with NEC Electronics Corp. and Chipcon AS, introduced a module developed for compatibility with IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee wireless network standards, for use in industrial, commercial and residential applications.

According to the press release, the wireless module enables wireless communication via a physical (PHY) layer and medium access control (MAC) layer that comply with existing specifications, allowing system developers and OEMs to easily develop ZigBee prototypes and products. The module is controlled by NEC's 78K0/KF1+ 8bit single chip flash microcontroller, in which IEEE 802.15.4-compliant MAC software is embedded. The module also includes the Chipcon's cc2420 2.4GHz rf transceiver chip, and also supports flash programming and debugging of the 78K0 microcontroller via USB connection to PC, without any additional hardware requirement.

"We are seeing an increased demand in the wireless sensor network market, and expect ZigBee products to occupy a significant portion of it," said Hiromichi Kono, GM of NEC Engineering's Device Solutions Division. "This collaboration among NEC Engineering, NEC Electronics and Chipcon enables us to offer customers a vehicle for low-power and cost efficient wireless sensor networks."

Development kits containing two ZigBee-ready wireless modules and software development tools are scheduled to be available in February 2005. The kits will be sold in Japan by NEC Engineering, and in Europe by NEC Electronics Europe.




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