ZigBee® Smart Energy (SE) module launched


Peder Martin Evjen,
Managing Director,
Oslo, Norway — (METERING.COM) — June 30, 2010 – A compact ZigBee module dedicated for smart energy application (ZNM-SE) has been launched by RF module provider Radiocrafts AS.

The module is based on a ZigBee PRO compliant platform and offers a complete ZigBee PRO protocol including support for the ZigBee Smart Energy profile.

The module supports the Certificate Based Key Exchange (CBKE), and the entire key establishment cluster is embedded in the module. This eases the development effort for customers and also eases the processing burden on the external processor.

The smart energy application, for example a meter, display or load control device, will be implemented in an external processor (MCU), which communicates with the module through an API via UART or SPI serial interface. The module can support any device specified in Smart Energy 1.0 and is also targeting all devices in the upcoming 1.1 release. Certificates and initial encryption keys are also written to the module via the serial interface.

The Smart Energy Module comes in two different hardware configurations, RC2400 and RC2400HP. The RC2400 is ideal for low power, battery operated products, while the RC2400HP has integrated 100 mW PA and LNA adding significant range and a 119 dB link budget.

The RC2400-ZNM-SE and RC2400HP-ZNM-SE modules are compact surface mounted high performance modules measuring only 12.7 x 25.4 x 2.5 mm including EMC shielding. The module is delivered on tape and reel for volume production. Customization and customer specific setup is also offered and this includes pre-programming of encryption certificates. The ZNM-SE modules are pre-certified for operation under the European, FCC and ARIB radio regulations for license-free use.

“The ZigBee Smart Energy module is another proof of our dedication to wireless metering,” said Peder Martin Evjen, managing director of Radiocrafts. “We now have the most complete range of wireless modules for metering, enabling us to offer a wide range of solutions to our customer, each tailored to different markets.”

The ZigBee Smart Energy module is pin compatible with Radiocrafts’ wireless M-Bus module (RC1180-MBUS), and is based on Texas Instruments chip set and the Z-stack.