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ZigBee modules extend to sensor-based products

Posted: 11 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Janine Love? Jennic? IEEE802.15.4? ZigBee module? wireless sensor?

IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee modules

Jennic has announced the availability of a new range of IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee modules enabling rapid development of wireless sensor-based products The JN5121MOxxx range of modules, based on the company's JN5121 single chip wireless microcontroller, is aimed at manufacturers needing to get sensor network products to market quickly without the expense and development effort involved in designing RF circuitry and test solutions. In addition, the new modules also provide a production proven reference design and manufacturing package for other module suppliers developing their own wireless sensor modules for the end-market.

The most significant benefits of the new JN5121MOxxx range are that they enable wireless systems to be realized with the minimum production BOM costs, and that they minimize the engineering time and money spent in RF circuit design and test development.

The modules provide developers with access to the full digital and analog IO capability of the JN5121 chip, including ADC, DAC, comparators, timers, UART, serial interfaces as well as GPIO.

The JN5121MOxxx family includes versions with integrated ceramic antennas or with an SMA connector for ranges of up to about 200m, in a surface mount form factor of 18-by-30mm. There is also a version with an integrated power amplifier and low noise amplifier for extended range (over 1km) applications, measuring 18x40mm. Each module is supplied with IEEE802.15.4 MAC layer software, or with a ZigBee network stack.

The JN5121MOxxx modules are priced at $25 each in 100-piece quantities.

- Janine Love

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