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Implement low-cost Zigbee

Posted: 18 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless sensor networking? Zigbee implementation? dipole antenna?

A quiet revolution is happening under the generic title of wireless sensor networking. This unassuming title conceals major advances in the way objects and devices of all typesnot just sensorswill be connected together. Examples include environmental measurement and control applications such as thermostats, condition monitoring such as vibration and temperature sensing to detect premature motor failure, and automatic meter reading. The explosive growth expected in this area is being driven by the emergence of new open standards like IEEE 802.15.4 and Zigbee.

Cost, of course, plays an important role in the viability of any system. The lowest-cost way to implement wireless functionality is to add the wireless sensor network subsystemtypically a single-chip wireless microcontrollerto the board of the existing product. This is has driven the development of this low-cost reference design.

The objective of this reference design is to achieve the lowest possible cost for adding wireless sensor network functionality to a typical product, so the requirements for this design are driven by the need to integrate it into existing board designs.

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