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ZigBee kit speeds wireless development

Posted: 08 Jan 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZigBee  SoC  development 

Texas Instruments Inc. reports that its CC2530 ZigBee SoC is the foundation of the ZigBee BoosterPack from Anaren Inc.

The kit comes with the all the software and hardware required for ZigBee development. It enables designers to quickly bring-up the ZigBee modem, create a network and send and receive packets. It works with TI's MSP430 MCU and Stellaris LaunchPad evaluation kit, to ease the addition of wireless connectivity to home gateway, smart meter, and lighting control applications.

The BoosterPack has three ZigBee BoosterPacks based on the Anaren AIR module A2530E24A for connection to the MSP430 or Stellaris LaunchPad evaluation kit (LaunchPad sold separately). Each BoosterPack includes an on-board MSP430G2553IN20 Value Line MCU, pre-flashed with Anaren's AIR-ZNP firmware (based on TI's Z-Stack ZigBee stack).

For Stellaris MCU operation, the MSP430 MCU just needs to be removed and the Stellaris firmware loaded via USB from an included CD. The CD has all the required software, MSP430 and Stellaris drivers, application notes, quick start guide, and more.

The kit also has one 2xAA battery holder for the remote. Also, design assistance is available from Anaren and authorised AIR module distributors.

The CC2530-based BoosterPack and modules are available now from Anaren authorised distributors. The BoosterPack is priced at around Rs.5,319.15 ($100).

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