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.
Atmel | 408-441-0311 | San
Atmel's ZigBee-ready product line will include a complete ZigBee and 802.15.4
solution of RF transceivers, tailored microcontrollers, and software and reference designs.
Ember (now Silicon Labs)
617-951-0200 | South Boston,
Produces ZigBee semiconductor products, software, and development tools.
+44 (0) 20 7524 7774 | London, U.K.
Bluetooth & ZigBee remote control modules
for turnkey systems.
NXP) | Austin, TX
(now QORVO) | +31 30 262 1157 | The Netherlands | +1 512 464 1188 | USA
semiconductor, module and software company offering green ultra low power wireless communication
technology for sense and control applications. GreenPeak’s mesh networks are enabled
by the use of energy harvesting devices while not compromising in performance like range,
data rate or reliability. GreenPeak driven networks powered by energy harvesting bring
true maintenance-free operation.
| 480-792-7200 | Chandler, AZ
ZigBee® protocol connectivity solutions including
software & RF transceivers.
NTS | 800-270-2516
| Culver City, CA
ZigBee testing and certification services.
| +47 970 86 676 | Norway
Offers standard RF modules for operation in the license-free
ISM bands at 315 | 433 | 429 | 868 | 915 | 2450 MHz including ZigBee, provides compact
modules that are easy to integrate and easy to use, for shortest possible time-to-market,
for applications such as building and industrial automation, telemetry, automated meter
reading, home automation, wireless sensor networks, asset tracking.
Radiotronix (now Linx Technologies) | 405-794-7730 | Oklahoma
A premier manufacturer of high performance wireless embedded radio modules
and network solutions design platforms for applications in industrial, medical, commercial,
automatic meter reading (AMR) and wire replacement markets.
Corp | 408-382-7500 | San Jose, CA
| 877-444-3032 | Austin, TX
Offers a family of optimized MCUs, development kits, modules
and software to simplify and speed development for 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
| +44 (0) 1494 510199 | UK
ZigBee products including modules & development kits.
| Dallas, TX
RF/IF and ZigBee® Solutions.