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TI's Smart Energy solution receives Zigbee certification

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart Energy 1.1? home area network? interoperability?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has achieved Zigbee certification for its Z-Stack 2.5.0 with support for ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 standard implementation that targets home area networks (HAN). TI's Smart Energy solution enables interoperability with various implementations.

"TI is committed to staying ahead of the game in the connectivity space and we are thrilled to provide our customers with the latest features of ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1," stated Laurent Giai-Miniet, managing director, low-power RF business unit, TI. "Our new Z-Stack 2.5.0 will unleash a wider range of interoperable, consumer-friendly HAN products for monitoring things such as energy consumptiona key requirement for the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid program and initiatives out of the European Union. We will also continue to deliver Smart Energy-compliant software for future generations, including the forthcoming SEP 2.0."

According to TI, its Z-Stack is an industry-leading, golden-unit status ZigBee protocol stack, aimed at the growing portfolio of IEEE 802.15.4 products and platforms. The protocol supports both ZigBee and ZigBee PRO feature sets on various TI hardware platforms such as the CC2530 SoC, ultra-low-power MSP430 MCU + CC2520 transceiver and Stellaris Cortex-M MCU + CC2520 transceiver. The high-performance radios feature excellent coexistence with WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, along with other 2.4GHz-based solutions, noted the company.

The Z-Stack 2.5.0 is available today from TI's website, royalty-free to all using TI's ZigBee compliant hardware platforms. The kits that contain additional nodes for experimenting with the mesh capabilities of ZigBee are pre-programmed with a ZigBee demo application, giving customers ZigBee directly out of the box. A specific kit also demonstrates the concept with a CC2530 running the Z-Stack and a small MSP MCU running the application code.

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