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2.4GHz SoC tailored for low-power RF apps

Posted: 13 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:2.4GHz SoC? low-power RF? Zigbee?

 CC2530 RF SoC

Texas Instruments Inc. introduced a complete 2.4-GHz RF SoC solution supporting the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and an extensive set of applications, including Zigbee PRO networks, Zigbee RF4CE remote controls, smart energy, home and building automation, environmental monitoring and wireless medical.

Compared to similar solutions, CC2530 provides up to 256Kbyte of flash memory to enable development of multiple network protocols, which TI supports with free, downloadable software and tools to ensure that customers have everything needed for complete system development.

"The CC2530 solution is specifically tailored for emerging low-power RF applications that will enhance consumer's day-to-day lives, such as RF remote controls and audio/visual consumer electronics, efficient smart energy networks, advanced home automation and personal wireless medical devices," said Art George, senior VP of TI's high-performance analog business unit. "The combination of best-in-class IEEE 802.15.4 SoC with an unmatched suite of software and tools provides unlimited possibilities for next-generation low-power wireless networking systems."

TI offers a variety of free protocol software stacks that are supported by the CC2530 to enable cost-optimized selection of network protocol based on system requirements including Z-Stack software for Zigbee-compliant applications (Zigbee PRO); RemoTI network protocol for Zigbee RF4CE remote control applications; and SimpliciTI network protocol for proprietary networking applications.

The CC2530 also offer 2x more flash memory than similar solution in the market as well extensive peripheral set (DMA, GPIO, USARTs, ADC, timers) that supports wide range of applications and reduces bill-of-material cost. The device also integrates a leading RF transceiver with an enhanced 8051 MCU, in-system programmable flash memory, 8Kbyte RAM. Compatible devices from TI include the CC2590 and CC2591 2.4GHz analog front ends (range extenders) and MSP430 ultralow-power microcontrollers.

The CC2530 is available in a QFN-40 package and pricing starts at $3.25 in quantities of 1,000 units. A comprehensive demonstration kit provides all the hardware and software necessary to evaluate the CC2530: basic development kit (CC2530DK), Zigbee development kit (CC2530ZDK), Zigbee RF4CE development kit (RemoTI-CC2530DK).

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