NEC Intros ZigBee Module

NEC Engineering launches ZigBee-ready wireless network module

November 15, 2004

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TOKYO and OSLO, Norway -- NEC Engineering, Ltd., in cooperation with NEC Electronics Corp. and Chipcon AS, today introduced a module developed for compatibility with IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBeeT wireless network standards, for use in a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential applications. The module includes the CC2420 RF transceiver from Chipcon and the 78K0/KF1+ low-power 8-bit Flash microcontroller from NEC Electronics.

ZigBee is a wireless network technology that enables long lifetime with low power consumption using dry batteries. The technology is expected to be used in a wide array of industrial, commercial and residential applications such as sensor networks, security terminals, building management, factory automation, home automation and toys.

The wireless module enables wireless communication via a physical (PHY) layer and media access (MAC) layer that comply with existing specifications, allowing system developers and OEMs to easily develop ZigBee prototypes and products. The module is controlled by NEC Electronics' 78K0/KF1+ 8-bit single chip Flash microcontroller, in which IEEE 802.15.4-compliant MAC software is embedded. The module includes Chipcon's CC2420 2.4GHz RF transceiver chip, and also supports Flash programming and debugging of the 78K0 microcontroller via USB connection to PC, without any additional requirement of hardware.

"We are seeing an increased demand in wireless sensor network market, and expect ZigBee products to occupy a significant portion of it," said Hiromichi Kono, General Manager, Device Solutions Division, NEC Engineering. "This collaboration among NEC Engineering, NEC Electronics and Chipcon enables us to offer customers a vehicle for low-power and cost efficient wireless sensor networks. The three companies will continue to cooperate to proactively pursue the worldwide wireless sensor network market."

NEC Corp.

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