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Oki unrolls Zigbee development kit

Posted: 19 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Oki ML7065 kit? Zigbee development kit? ZDK ARM7TMDI 4060?

Oki Semiconductor is offering a low-cost, full-featured development kit for its IEEE802.15.4-based ML7065 2.4GHz Zigbee compatible radio. The kit contains the Oki ML7065 radio and Oki's ARM7TMDI-based 4060 Series Advantage Microcontroller (MCU).

At a suggested resale price of $499, Oki said its Zigbee Developers Kit (ZDK) enables product designers to easily integrate the company's radio and 4060 Series MCU into their designs. The new ZDK provides designers a complete and flexible "plug and play" development environment that is easy to use, Oki said.

The ML67Q4061 MCU used in this development kit offers designers large-on chip memories and fast processor speeds, which make it uniquely positioned as an outstanding proof of concept, prototyping and development platform to shorten the time-to-market for their products.

The key hardware element of the ZDK is the Zigbee Network Evaluation/Demo (zNED) board, which features Oki's ML7065 radio and ML67Q4061 ARM7 MCU. Also included in the kit is an Integration Associates USB radio dongle that, combined with zNED, enables developers to quickly show a working wireless demo, with any missing elements of the Zigbee network emulated by a Windows-based PC. This combination provides a simple and stable starting point for the development of any Zigbee embedded networking application, and the fastest route to proof of concept demos to get management buyoff on the project.

The ZDK can be easily configured as a coordinator, router or end device with the provided demonstration software. After initial experiments are complete, a more thorough evaluation is possible using the provided evaluation software, which includes the evaluation run time libraries of the Oki Zigbee Stack for ARM and Segger embOS RTOS as well as an evaluation copy of IAR development tools, which is also included in the kit. A second USB dongle is also included, so simultaneous monitoring of the network activity via an evaluation copy of the Daintree Networks Sensor Network Analyzer can be done while the PC continues to emulate missing elements of the Zigbee network.

Additional zNED boards may be purchased separately. When evaluation and proof of concept work is completed, any or all of the demo version software products can be upgraded to full use versions without the need to modify application code developed during the evaluation phase, minimizing overall development cycle time.

The ZDK, Oki part number OKI-ZDK-01, contains everything necessary for evaluation and development of an ARM-based Zigbee solution and is available for a suggested manufacturers retail price of $499. Additional zNED boards are available as an expansion kit, Oki part number OKI-zNED-01, for a suggested manufacturers retail price of $75, allowing customers to cost effectively purchase as few or as many nodes as required to build and evaluate networks that meet the needs of their applications.

- Marty Gold

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