Monday, May 16, 2005

Freescale Readies Single-Package ZigBee Solution

Freescale Semiconductor announced a system in a package (SiP) ZigBee solution aimed at wireless monitoring and control applications. The solution supports Freescale's simple MAC (SMAC), the IEEE(R) 802.15.4 MAC and the ZigBee protocol stack. The company plans to demonstrate a mesh network of ZigBee-enabled home interior lights, security and emergency sensors at Wireless Connectivity World in London, May 24-25, 2005.

The MC1320X family includes three pin-compatible standalone 2.4 GHz RF transceivers with an integrated Tx/Rx switch on the silicon which provides a smaller board footprint. The MC1320X also provides customer flexibility by allowing the use of differential or single-ended antennas and easy integration of external LNAs and PAs for increased performance. The MC1320X devices are compatible with Freescale's processors such as HCS08, HC12, Coldfire and Digital Signal Controllers. The MC1321X family is designed to provide a high level of integration by combining the GT family HCS08 MCU and 2.4GHz transceiver into a single 64-pin QFN package. This reduces the number of external components by 47% compared to previous Freescale product generations.

The MC1320X and MC1321X families are scheduled to sample in Q4 of 2005. Suggested resale pricing will start at $2.35 and $3.64 (10Ku), respectively.

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