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NXP uncloaks wireless MCU modules aimed at IoT

Posted: 25 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless MCU module? ZigBee? IoT?

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has rolled out a line of small-footprint modules based on the ultra-low-power JN5168 wireless MCU. The modules support multiple network stacks including ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Smart Energy, JenNet-IP and RF4CE. Available in sizes down to 16 x 21mm, the JN5168 wireless modules also claims to offer very low transmit and receive power consumption.

According to the company, the modules have 256kB flash memory, 32kB RAM and 4kB EEPROM, as well as best-in-class low-power sleep modes. An SPI interface allows the connection of additional external flash memory for applications that require over-the-air firmware updates, and all other main functions and I/Os of the chip such as I2C, ADCs, UARTs and PWMs, are accessible.

Easily surface-mounted on motherboards, the JN5168 wireless modules come in a range of formats and output power levels, and are FCC, ETSI and CA approved. Available wireless MCU modules include the JN5168-001-M00 with printed antenna, featuring a new antenna design optimised for performance (15mA TX, 17.5mA RX); JN5168-001-M03 with uFI connector, the smallest wireless module in the range (15mA TX, 17.5mA RX); JN5168-001-M05 9.5dBm with uFI, a medium-power module designed specifically for the European and Asian markets for maximum efficiency (35mA TX, 22mA RX); and the JN5168-001-M06 22dBm with uFl (175mA TX, 22mA RX).

Recommended pricing for the JN5168 wireless modules starts from under $8.00 per unit for the standard-power variants in volumes of 10,000 per year.

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