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Renesas, ZMD team to develop 900MHz Zigbee chipset

Posted: 10 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zigbee chipset? short-distance wireless communication? embedded RF?

Renesas Technology Corp. and ZMD AG announced have both agreed to incorporate ZMD's RF technology into Renesas' MCU to develop a 900MHz band Zigbee chipset.

Based on the agreement, the companies will set up a collaborative development team with the aim of bringing a Zigbee chipset to market. The resulting chipset is expected to accelerate the development of various types of IEEE802.15.4 and Zigbee systems. The companies intend to complete the development work in 2008.

Many anticipate that IEEE 802.15.4 based solutions, including Zigbee, will become the dominant short-distance communication standard in the future. Of the various communication bands supported by Zigbee, the 900MHz band is now being introduced primarily in Europe and North America. Its advantages include a wide coverage range, optimized battery life, and minimal signal interference.

"900MHz Zigbee is a critical technology in supporting the development of building automation and home automation systems, which are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years," said Hideharu Takebe, board director and general manager, MCU business group, Renesas.

The companies also plan to further strengthen their collaborative efforts and are considering the development of a single-chip solution, which combines an MCU with embedded RF functionality.

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