Renesas, ZMD Offer Sub-1GHz ZigBee Wireless Sensor Networking Solutions

ZMD AG, a global supplier of high-precision sensor and wireless semiconductor solutions, announced it is working together with Renesas Technology America, a subsidiary of Renesas Technology Corp., the world’s leading microcontroller supplier, to offer sub-1GHz ZigBee wireless sensor networking solutions.

The ZigBee networking solution will combine the ZMD44102, which is currently the only commercially available sub-1GHz transceiver for ZigBee, and Renesas’ highly integrated M16C microcontroller with full-scale ZigBee software support.

The ZMD44102 is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and operates in the 868MHz and 915MHz bands. It features superior range performance of over 250 meters at 0dBm output power and a highly integrated hardware MAC for automatic protocol management.

The Renesas M16C microcontroller is designed to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic susceptibility (EMS) problems, which is an important consideration for RF design engineers. It also offers scalable on-chip memory resources, a rich mix of peripherals and complete in-house software support to enable ZigBee applications, including ZigBee software stacks and drivers. To provide a one-stop solution, the two companies are also offering design resources including RF reference design, ZigBee networking software, development kits, and sensor ICs. The ZigBee networking solution will be available in the second quarter of this year.

“We are seeing a growing demand for sub-1GHz ZigBee solutions especially in automated meter reading (AMR) systems, industrial applications and any other systems that require long-range wireless technology,” said Tim Dry, senior marketing manager, advanced solutions group, Renesas Technology America, Inc. “The addition of ZMD’s 900MHz RF transceiver into our M16C series ZigBee solutions will enable us to effectively reach out to this market.”

“As the market leaders, Renesas in microcontrollers, and ZMD in sub-1GHz transceivers for ZigBee, this cooperation gives customers all of the technologies needed to enter the ZigBee marketplace quickly and efficiently,” added Kory Brown, VP of ZMD’s wireless division.

For more information about Renesas’ ZigBee solutions, please go online.

About ZMD
Founded in 1961, ZMD AG specializes in the expert design, production, and marketing of mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard products (ASSPs) for automotive, industrial, and medical applications. Focused on high-precision signal conditioning and high-performance wireless communication, ZMD ensures an integrated foundation for robust sensor networks. With corporate headquarters in Dresden, Germany, ZMD also services customers from offices worldwide including: Melville, NY; San Diego, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Stuttgart, Germany; London, England; and Taipei, Taiwan.

About ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, costeffective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all.