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NEC showcases ZigBee module on 78K0/KF1+ microcontroller

NEC Engineering together with NEC Electronics and Chipcon AS introduced the new module supporting IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee networks. The novelty is designed for industrial, commercial and home appliances. The device features Chipcon´s CC2420 2.4 GHz RF transceiver and NEC´s 8-bit 78K0/KF1+ flash controller.

If you remember, ZigBee is a wireless technology enabling long operation of devices powered by dry energy sources. It´s intended for various systems, including security, industrial and living quarters automation and even electronic toys.

ZigBee protocol layers

The WLAN module provides connections on the PHY and MAC levels that meet existing specs and thus enables equipment developers to make ZigBee-supporting devices.

CPU NEC Electronics
8-bit single-chip microcontroller
78K0/KF1+ (µPD78F0148HGK)
60KB Flash, 2KB RAM, A/D converter
RF Transceiver Chipcon
CC2420 2.4GHz
IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee-compliant
MAC Stack Chipcon IEEE 802.15.4-compliant MAC stack
Object code compiled for 78K0
Reduced function device
Antenna Yes
Sensor On-board temperature/humidity sensor
One 4-direction mini-joystick
2 push-button switches
3 LEDs
One USB connector, Mini B
General 10-pin port
of Mini-USB
Flash programming and debugging from PC
Accessible from MCU applications
Power supply from PC to the module
USB cable included
Flash programming software for PC
Debugger for PC
Power Supply Selectable among PC via USB cable
Dry battery or regulated power source via terminal
9V 006P battery socket included
Supported OS Windows 2000, Windows XP
PC-AT compatible

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