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Zilog outs RF AC power-switching relay reference design

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:reference design platform? RF wireless? AC power switching relay?

Zilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ixys Corp., has unleashed its Zaura reference design platform to offer a location-independent digital wireless solution for wireless connectivity for control, sensing and metering. The reference design integrates Zilog's Zaura RF 868MHz wireless module onto an AC power switching relay designed to demonstrate the features and performance of a relay-based switch with AC voltage zero-crossing detection to minimise surge currents, noted the firm.

The reference design can be used as a basis for developing systems that can control different power installations. On its own, without the Zaura RF wireless module attached, the AC power switch functions as a demonstration board providing current to power the Zaura RF wireless module and relay. The board, with the module attached and controlled by a hand-held remote control device, enables RF communication to turn loads on and off. If developers wish to develop RF remote control software, Zilog recommends purchasing the Zaura RF wireless 868MHz module development kit, because the hand-held Zaura RF remote control device included with this reference design uses the same hardware and software libraries as this kit.

The AC power switching relay with Zaura control reference design features a 90-240V AC RMS input voltage range, up to 10A of load current, less than 2mA of standby current at 120VAC when in an on or off state, and the 868MHz Zaura RF wireless module. Documentation supplied with this reference design also provides specifications and schematics, describes its software commands and also provides a procedure for quickly getting started with development.

Zilog's Zaura RF AC Power Switching Relay Reference Design is now available for customers that place orders through Zilog's online store.

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