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Freescale rolls out SiP ZigBee solution

Posted: 01 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share


Freescale Semiconductor expanded its product offerings for wireless monitoring and control applications by delivering a cost-effective system-in-a-package (SiP) ZigBee solution.

According to the company, customers can take advantage of the SiP and integrated transceiver/receiver (Tx/Rx) switch to reduce board size and BoM. "Extension of our ZigBee product will give OEMs an integrated solution that is cost effective, flexible to design with, and low power," added Brett Black, commercial wireless operations manager at Freescale.

Black added, "We expect it [the MC1320X family] to drastically accelerate the development of wireless applications in industries such as monitoring, automation and control applications for home, industrial and healthcare environments."

The MC1320X family includes three pin-compatible standalone 2.4GHz RF transceivers with an integrated Tx/Rx switch on the silicon that provides a smaller board footprint. The MC1320X also provides customer flexibility by allowing the use of differential or single-ended antennas and easy integration of external LNAs and PAs for increased performance. The MC1320X devices are compatible with Freescale's processors such as HCS08, HC12, Coldfire and Digital Signal Controllers. They also support the company's simple MAC (SMAC), the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC and the ZigBee protocol stack.

The MC1321X family is designed to provide a high level of integration by combining the GT family HCS08 MCU and 2.4GHz transceiver into a single 64-pin QFN package. Freescale said this reduces the number of external components by 47 percent compared to its previous product generations.

The three devices expected to be offered in this familythe MC13211, MC13212 and MC13213will vary by different memory configurations. Each planned device contains Freescale's low-voltage, low-power HCS08 core with features such as embedded FLASH, 10-bit analog-to-digital converter, and low-voltage and keyboard interrupts. Both the MC1320X and MC1321X families support proprietary point-to-point and simple star networking as well as ZigBee-compliant networking using the Figure 8 Wireless Z-stack. Members of the MC1321X family are pin-compatible to allow customers to choose the devices that best fit their applications.

Both the MC1320X and MC1321X families are scheduled to sample in Q4 2005, with suggested resale prices to start at $2.35 and $3.64, respectively, for 10,000-unit orders.

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