Up until fairly recently ZigBee and WLAN together were believed by pundits to be a low data rate and high data rate, respectively, replacement for Bluetooth. Now, it appears ZigBee will be carving out a niche below and overlapping with Bluetooth integration opportunities. As a cheaper to manufacture and simpler to integrate platform, ZigBee is making rapid advancements. User groups are still hashing out details, and like with Bluetooth, ZigBee will certainly undergo a second round of specification tweaking once enough models are deployed in consumer products to gain significant feedback. Pricing appears to be in the $1 target range, which does make ZigBee more attractive then Bluetooth where application do not require more than a few 10s of kbps data. One big advantage ZigBee has over Bluetooth is a sleep mode that keeps battery drain to a minimum and allows some applications to go for years between battery changes. The links listed here will get you started in your quest for ZigBee technology information.
According to the ZigBee Alliance, it derives its name from the zigzag path of bees that serves to signal a new food source to other members of the colony. The bee's survival depends on the continuous communication of information between every member of the colony.
Zigbee Manufacturers & Services
ADTMag.com | adtmag.com/article.asp?id=10771
ZigBee Alliance Opens Membership to Adopter Class -article by John K. Waters.
The Basics of igBee Transmitter Testing | ftp.ni.com/pub/devzone/pdf/tut_6631.pdf
From National Instruments.
Designing a ZigBee-ready IEEE 802.15.4-compliant Radio Transceiver | rfdesign.com/mag/radio_designing_zigbeeready_ieee
Article from RF Design, by Khanh Tuan Le.
EiED Online>> ZigBee Kit | elecdesign.com/Articles/ArticleID/10070/10070.html
Article by William Wong, from Electronic Design.
Home Networking with ZigBee | embedded.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=18902431
Article by Mikhail Galeev, from Embedded.com.
Integrating ZigBee | wirelessnetdesignline.com/howto/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=173500576
Brief overview of designing a ZigBee interface for your product, from Wireless Net DesignLine, by Khanh Tuan Le.
Move Over, Bluetooth; ZigBee is Here | designnews.com/article/13585-Move_Over_Bluetooth_ZigBee_is_here.php
781-734-8178 | Waltham, MA
New wireless standard could be lower-cost alternative for wireless sensing and control. From Design News, by Randy Frank.
PaloWireless | palowireless.com/zigbee
ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 Resource Center.
RadioElectronics.com | radio-electronics.com/info/wireless/zigbee/zigbee.php | +44 (0) 1784 455511 | UK
An overview of of the ZigBee standard for remote sensor, data collecting applications and its relationship to IEEE 802.15.4.
Reliable Wireless Networks for Industrial Systems | microcontroller.com/Embedded.asp?did=149
Abstract from Ember Corp.
Routing in ZigBee: Benefits from Exploiting the IEEE 802.15.4 Association Tree | ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?tp=&arnumber=4289213&isnumber=4288671
From IEEE, by Cuomo, F., Della Luna, S., Monaco, U., and Melodia, F.
Terminals Link ZigBee With GPRS, CDMA | edn.com/article/CA514315.html?industryid=2283
By Jeff Berman, from EDN.
Wireless Network Deployment Guidelines | jennic.com/files/support_files/JN-AN-1059-WPAN-Deployment-Guidelines-1v1.pdf
This document provides basic guidelines for the deployment of a wireless network based on the ZigBee and/or IEEE 802.15.4 protocols. Application note from Jennic.
World's First ZigBee Phone Unveiled | news.com.com/Worlds+first+ZigBee+phone+unveiled/2100-1039_3-5483855.html
Article by Graeme Wearden - Special to CNET News.com.
Zigbee Alliance | zigbee.org
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard.
ZigBee Alliance Shows off Latest Devices | engadget.com/entry/1234000653034584/
Article by Marc Perton, from Engadget.
ZigBee (Almost) Arrives | wi-fiplanet.com/news/article.php/3448861
Article from Wi-Fi Planet, by Eric Griffith.
ZigBee-based Utility Meters Introduced | mrtmag.com/news/zig_bee_meters_030705
Article from Mobile Radio Technology Magazine.
ZigBee Homes in on Short Range Wireless | vnunet.com/analysis/1161702
From VNUnet.com, by Tom Sanders.
Zigbee Meshes With Sensor Nets | eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=159905601
By Jon Adams, from EE Times.
Zigbee Mesh routing - Interactive Tutorial | freaklabs.org/index.php/Blog/Zigbee/zigbee-mesh-routing-interactive-tutorial.html
From Freaklabs Open Source ZigBee blog.
ZigBee Stack for a Chip Maker | meshnetics.com/netcat_files/286_13.pdf
Project involving porting the ZigBee stack from Luxoft Labs into the Jennic MCU.
ZigBee Starts its Rise to Power | techworld.com/mobility/features/index.cfm?FeatureID=1075
Article from TechWorld, by Peter Judge.
ZigBee Tutorial | zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/7118
From National Instruments.
ZigBee Wireless Transceiver Engineering Options | cirronet.com/pdf/wp_zigbee_engineering_options.pdf
White paper from Cirronet, Inc.