UbiNet Wireless Sensor Networking Combines with Atmel 802.15.4 AVR Z-Link

Ubiwave, the leading provider of reliability-critical, low-power wireless sensor networking systems, today launched the UbiNet(TM) wireless sensor networking platform based on the Atmel(R) 802.15.4 AVR(R) Z-Link(TM) platform consisting of the AT86RF230 2.4 GHz transceiver and the ATmega1281V micro controller.

UbiNet(TM) is a technology platform consisting of an embedded mesh networking communication stack and a workbench of tools to support the development of wireless sensor applications. With UbiNet(TM) OEM companies are enabled to add wireless communication to their sensor devices and build a wireless system that surpass the reliability of a traditional wired network yet avoid the costly and error-prone wiring.

UbiNet(TM) and Atmel have joined hands to bring a one-stop-shop wireless sensor platform to the market. Thomas Lerm, Wireless Strategic Marketing Director of Atmel Germany GmbH, explains, “We have decided to work with Ubiwave because of the unique capabilities of the UbiNet communication software to deliver an ultra low-power, yet highly reliable networking solution. We believe customers will be quick to endorse the new platform based on our new generation IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver chip.”

The Atmel AT86RF230 transceiver is compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, operating in the 2.4 GHz worldwide adopted frequency band, and offers features such as free channel assessment, robust modulation and, most importantly, all the basic functions required for adding mesh networking software capability. The Atmel transceiver sports a better sensitivity and output power than similar components from other vendors, combined with a low component count, high code density of the ATmega and all this operating on a low power 1.8V platform.

Ubiwave believes the unique features of the new Atmel transceiver enables opportunities which no other chip vendor can bring. Technical features such as the superior receiver sensitivity (-101 dBm) and transmission output power (3 dBm) yield a measurable commercial advantage, explains Niek Van Dierdonck, CEO of Ubiwave, “Ubiwave’s UbiNet mesh networking stack was conceived for reliability-critical applications. In a mesh network, transmission range is key to obtaining redundancy in the mesh network. The superior power and sensitivity of the Atmel transceiver offers a unique solution when combined with our UbiNet mesh network platform: We can now offer improved transmission range without the need to add costly power-amplifiers on the board.” Ubiwave estimates a 30% longer life-time than when using comparable components from other vendors.

Ubiwave is currently offering its UbiNet ZigBee-capable communication stack based on the Atmel AT86RF230. Ubiwave’s unique Synchronized Wake-Up communication stack will follow. In a Synchronized Wake-Up network, all devices are low-power, including the mesh routing devices, as opposed to the traditional approach where the network needs a backbone of line-powered devices to form the mesh backbone.

Menno Mennenga, European Strategic Marketing Manager of Atmel Germany GmbH adds: “Ubiwave has the capability to deliver both a ZigBee(TM)-capable stack and an all low-power Synchronized Wake-Up stack. This uniqueness allows them to address a broad range of applications”.

About Ubiwave
Ubiwave is a leader in the wireless sensor networking market and provides embedded software, hardware modules and tools to OEMs in safety- and reliability critical applications, both in building automation and industrial automation.

On this platform, termed UbiNet(TM), the mesh communication software stack is executed on OEM modules. A workbench of tools supports the OEM customer during all phases of the project chain: from the definition over the design, test, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the wireless sensor application. Both the ZigBee-capable and the Synchronized Wake-Up mesh stack are self-organizing and are optimized for improved reliability.

Identified by ON World as a leading platform provider, Ubiwave’s Synchronized Wake-Up marries two contradictory requirements: low-power and mesh-capable. In a mesh network, devices depend on other devices to forward messages through the network in a multi-hop fashion. In the traditional mesh approach a meshing device will be in a listening state whenever it is not transmitting. Since a device when listening draws almost as much current as it does when transmitting, low-power behavior is not possible. In Synchronized Wake-Up the devices will synchronize the wake up periods to minimize the awake periods thereby offering battery lives up to 5 years on standard AA batteries.

About Atmel
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