Module simplifies implementation of Zigbee

Paul Boughton

Intelligent Distributed Controls (IDC) is launching the ZB100 wireless OEM module for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications.

Based upon Zigbee mesh networking, the module enables machine builders and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate wireless networking into their machines and systems with minimum cost, risk and development time. The integration is facilitated by FCC certification, which enables the ZB100 to be used in the USA as well as Europe.

The ZB100 features Texas Instruments' CC2430/31complete system-on-chip (SoC), comprising a high-performance microprocessor with digital, analogue and serial connectivity. The module accommodates a wide ranging supply voltage from 4-30V DC, is designed with an 18-pin header for plug-in interface/signal conditioning boards, and includes a 64-bit MAC address identifier that is claimed to be unique.

Operating on the 2.4GHz licence-free IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network, the ZB100 provides secure, redundant two-way communications over distance of up to 100m between nodes, with network extension possible by using routing over multiple nodes. The product features the Zigbee stack, which leverages the advantages of continued mainstream development and future compatibility with other manufactures' equipment and products. Typical applications include monitoring and control of mobile machinery, wireless control of fixed plant, remote control and tracking applications

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