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Integration's single-chip solution cuts ZigBee cost

Posted: 09 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IIC? ZigBee? wireless? remote controller? keyless entry?

The ZigBee Alliance hopes to unify various home wireless controlling technology with open standards; however, some proprietary wireless technologies are still favored over other technologies by users. At this year's International IC-China Conference & Exhibition (IIC-China), U.S.-based analog circuit expert Integration Corp. demonstrated a short distance wireless technology based on its own standard.

"The cost of ZigBee solutions limits its adoption," said TJ Hsu, FAE manager at Integration. "However, our proprietary technology-based single-chip solution can cut down the cost to two-thirds of former solutions. Additionally, this chip has less peripheral devices, and needs only one SRAM and crystal oscillator, eliminating the need for external capacitors and resistors."

Integration's ZigBee solution can be used in several license-free SIM frequency bands, including 325-, 433-, 868- and 915MHz. According to Hsu, its single-chip device has already been integrated in many home automation applications such as home appliance remote controller, intelligent curtain control, auto keyless entry, smog sensor control and on-board GPS remote control. Hsu added that GPS vendor TOMTON has adopted this solution in its GPS remote control.

- Alice Sun
Electronic Engineering Times-China

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