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Wireless kits expedite 13.56MHz, 2.4GHz, ZigBee design

Posted: 23 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontrollers? RFID? low-power RF? ZigBee?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) launched three wireless kits integrating the Stellamaris MCU, promising to speed up design of wireless network apps. The kits are the Stellaris 13.56MHz RFID Wireless Kit (DK-EM2-7960R), Stellaris 2.4GHz SimpliciTI Wireless Kit (DK-EM2-2500S) and Stellaris ZigBee Networking Kit(DK-EM2-2520Z).

These kits function as modular extensions to TI's Stellaris DK-LM3S9B96 development kit to enable engineers with a complete software and reference design solutions for adding RFID, low-power RF and ZigBee features to designs. With this launch, TI builds on its broad portfolio of 16-bit, ultra-low-power MSP430-based wireless connectivity solutions, currently providing 32-bit Stellaris MCU performance for execution of additional advanced connectivity and control functions.

 Stellaris 13.56MHz RFID Wireless Kit

When used with the DK-LM3S9B96 development board, each kit comprises all of the hardware and software required to jumpstart design. On the other hand, the quickstart application included in each kit empowers developers to immediately evaluate working networks in about 10 minutes or less.

The performance and integration of Stellaris MCUs coupled with TI's wireless solutions will assist developers answer the call for extensible functionality in wireless networking applications. Such applications may be used in pre-pay options in smart metering, remote monitoring for home automation and backup systems for security, alarm and even plant engineering.

 Stellaris 2.4GHz SimpliciTI Wireless Kit

Stellaris 13.56MHz RFID Wireless Kit's highlighted features: complete RFID wireless system solution based on technology that is operable in harsh conditions and delivers high levels of security via the contactless interface; TI TRF7960TB HF RFID Reader Module target board, two ISO/IEC 14443A (MIFARE-1K) contactless smart cards, additional TRF7960-supported tags/inlays, and Stellaris DK-LM3S9B96-EM2 Expansion Board; Example ISO/IEC 14443A application, firmware and documentation with support for additional protocols coming soon; Multiple software sample applications, including RFID Classic 1K and 4K card reader, simultaneous dual- or single-card access, command-line access over serial port and more.

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