ZigBee® PRO network module launched


Peder Martin Evjen,
Managing Director,
Oslo, Norway — (METERING.COM) — May 14, 2010 – The compact ZigBee PRO Network Module (ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks has been launched by compact RF module provider Radiocrafts AS.

The ZNM module offers the complete ZigBee PRO network protocol in a small module with an easy to use API interface. By using the new ZNM module, ZigBee applications can be built with minimum effort, reducing time to market.

This new module, which is available in two versions, including a high power version for extended range, is targeting applications like industrial sensor networks, building automation and home automation systems.

The RC2400-ZNM and RC2400HP-ZNM modules are compact surface mounted high performance modules measuring only 12.7 x 25.4 x 3.3 mm including EMC shielding. The module is delivered on tape and reel for volume production.

The module is very easy to use having a UART or SPI interface for serial communication and configuration. The ZigBee application runs in any external controller, communicating with the module by an easy-to-use API. With only 10 API calls, a complete application can be made.

The ZNM modules are pre-certified for operation under the European, FCC and ARIB radio regulations for license free use. It operates at 16 channels in the 2.45 GHz frequency band. The RC2400-ZNM is ideal for use in battery operated systems providing a sleep mode current consumption of less than 1 µA. The RC2400HP-ZNM adds significant range with 100 mW output power and 119 dB system link budget in the same package.

“We have integrated a complex mesh network protocol into a tiny module,” commented Peder Martin Evjen, managing director of Radiocrafts. “The emerging wireless sensor market and the ZigBee standard have created a huge demand for this product.”