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ZigBee-compliant protocol stack developed for Freescale MCU

Posted: 13 Jul 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mindteck  BeeStack  Freescale Semiconductor  HCS08  microcontroller 

Mindteck (India) Ltd has announced the successful development of BeeStack, to be used with Freescale Semiconductor's HCS08 microcontroller and MC1319X series of RF data modems. This combination has gone through compliance testing with the ZigBee specifications, and is one of the certified platforms for use in ZigBee applications.

Mindteck pointed out that the key advantages of ZigBee as compared with proprietary solutions were product interoperability, vendor independence and increased product innovation, as a result of industry standardisation. In addition, the company said, ZigBee technology is reliable and has self healing properties, and it supports a large number of nodes and is easy to deploy.

Shankar Velayudhan, Group CTO for Mindteck, said, "The ZigBee stack is specifically tailored for Freescale's low power HCS08 microcontroller, and MC1319X series of RF data modems. With aggressive power and resource management, this ZigBee compliant platform is a perfect design choice for ZigBee-enabled products."

Freescale had earlier announced the availability of BeeKit in the Freescale Technology Forum recently held in Shanghai. BeeKit includes BeeStack and developer configuration tool that supports Freescale's platforms based on the HCS08 MCU.

"Mindteck's proven capabilities in embedded systems development and expertise in ZigBee specification design services, were instrumental in Freescale's decision to work with Mindteck," said Brett Black, commercial wireless operations manager for Freescale. "The ZigBee stack now gives us the flexibility to customize and optimise the platform to differentiate ourselves from the competition."

- Prachi Garg
EE Times India

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