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Wireless Network Processor Utilizes 3 ZigBee Standards

Wireless Network Processor Utilizes 3 ZigBee Standards

Zigbee_TI_1112-AThe CC2538 wireless network processor from TI is being touted as the first of its kind to offer the three most popular ZigBee standards in one end-device. Supporting ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link standards, the network processor offers a seamless user experience, with fast switching between each standard, making it seem like concurrent operation. The processor supplies manufacturers of smart meters, home appliances, home gateways and connected lighting products with the ability to deliver a better quality of service. Driven by an IEEE 802.15.4 radio and an ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller system, the network processor and Z-Stack 2.5 with ZigBee and ZigBee PRO support offer a broad feature set, which can be tailored for specific end-devices. With a CC2538-enabled device, consumers can network within their homes as well as monitor and interface to the smart grid to save money and energy. A CC2538 development platform is sampling now through the low power RF developer network. Volume production and sale is expected in 1Q 2013.

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