World’s first 900MHz module using the ZigBee PRO feature set launched


Rosemont, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 20, 2008 – MeshNetics, a provider of ZigBee modules and embedded software for OEMs and system integrators, has launched the ZigBit 900 – the world’s first RF module for sub-1 GHz band that uses the ZigBee PRO feature set. The new IEEE 802.15.4-2006 module is designed to operate in the ISM bands 915 MHz in the US and 868 MHz in Europe.

The compact ZigBit 900 module features sensitivity of -110 dBm and output power of 11 dBm that result in the line-of-sight range of up to 6,000 meters (over 3.7 miles). The power consumption stays at a low level: less than 6 µA in sleep mode, 11 mA in receive mode, and 26 mA in transmit mode, which translates into many years of battery life. The ZigBit 900 operates in the European ISM band from 863 to 870 MHz and in the North American ISM band from 902 to 928 MHz. It offers regional alternatives to the global 2.4 GHz band where the channel characteristics of the lower frequencies can result in performance advantages in certain environments.

“We are pleased to offer the world’s first RF module for the 900 MHz band which reuses our 2.4 GHz BitCloud™ ZigBee PRO feature set,” said Alexey Rybakov, Managing Director of MeshNetics’ ZigBit Business Unit. “We are committed to offering OEMs and system integrators the utmost flexibility for their ZigBee-enabled products and solutions, and now they can choose between 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz technologies.”

The ZigBit 900 module ships with BitCloud, a robust 802.15.4-2006/ZigBee PRO Feature Set used for all the 2.4 GHz MeshNetics modules. Supporting self-healing, self-organizing mesh networks and up to 1 Mbit/s data rates, BitCloud stack optimizes network traffic while minimizing power consumption. Customers can choose between the C API for embedded application development and SerialNet—a ZigBee Manufacturer Specific Profile based on BitCloud supporting a serial AT-command interface to ZigBit 900.

“We are actively working with other ZigBee Alliance members to enable interoperable and certified ZigBee applications for the sub-1 GHz frequency band,” said Vasiliy Suvorov, CEO of MeshNetics. ”ZigBee is experiencing tremendous growth across a wide variety of industries and we believe that sub-1 GHz solutions will further extend ZigBee’s appeal and fuel its growth.”