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ZigBee platform supports multiple RF transceivers

Posted: 13 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microchip technology? picdem z? demonstration ki? zigbee?

Microchip Technology Inc.'s new PICDEM Z 2.4GHz demonstration kit provides an easy-to-use evaluation and development platform for ZigBee application designers.

The kit includes all of the hardware, software source-code and PCB layout files needed to rapidly prototype wireless products. This development platform is based on Microchip's PIC18 microcontroller (MCU) family, which supports ZigBee applications and offers a wide selection of products with 32KB to 128KB of flash program memory in 28- to 80-pin packages.

The new development platform allows designers to rapidly evaluate and begin developing a vast array of wirelessly networked ZigBee applications, including building/home automation (security, lighting, HVAC and access), industrial (monitors, sensors, automation, control and lighting), personal healthcare (diagnostic tools and monitors), and consumer electronics (RF wireless remotes for TV/VCR/DVD/CD).

The PICDEM Z platform utilizes the PIC18LF4620 MCU with integrated nanoWatt Technology power-managed modes, 64KB of flash programmable memory, and advanced analog, control and communications peripherals. This platform also incorporates Chipcon's CC2420 2.4GHz RF transceiver, which easily interfaces to the PIC18 via the SPI port, providing a cost-effective, highly integrated ZigBee node.

The PICDEM Z platform and ZigBee software stack is supported by Microchip's full suite of MPLAB development tools, including the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB C18 C Compiler. Additional PICDEM Z features include support for Reduced Function Device (RFD) and Full Function Device (FFD), RF transceiver and PCB antenna, modular software design with cooperative multi-tasking architecture, RTOS independent.

The three tools in the PICDEM Z 2.4GHz development platform are available for orders now and production shipment is expected at the end of December. The PICDEM Z 2.4GHz demonstration kit includes two motherboards, two RF cards, and a CD containing the ZigBee protocol software and a PCB layout database. An instructional application note is available on the company's website. A PICDEM Z 900MHz demonstration kit is also in development.

The PICDEM Z 2.4GHz demonstration kit (DM163027-2) is priced at $199, the PICDEM Z motherboard (AC163027-1) is $89, and the PICDEM Z 2.4GHz RF card (AC163027-2) goes for $49.

- Marty Gold

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