Synapse Rolls Out SNAP ZigBee RF Module with 3 Mile Range

Synapse(R) introduced its RF Engine, a wireless module with a range of up to three miles that is used to power Synapse SNAP(TM) (Synapse Network Appliance Protocol(TM)) and ZigBee(R) wireless networks. The Synapse RF Engine(TM) is a small, low-power, plug-in RF transmitter-receiver module that can be used in conjunction with users’ own devices or with Synapse’s product line. The Synapse RF Engine is available in a variety of configurations: with or without amplification, with an internal (F) antenna or an external SMA antenna, and running SNAP or a full ZigBee stack.

Synapse’s RF Engine comes standard with a SNAP network stack. The SNAP stack is a high-performance, low-power, small-memory-footprint protocol. SNAP-based networks are self-forming; it is not necessary to devote time and resources toward developing an applications layer. As soon as a Synapse End Device has been incorporated into the network, the PC-based Synapse Portal(TM) software administrator can be used to configure the behavior of the End Device. As an example, this configuration allows the user to tell an End Device to do the following:

“If the reading from the sensor on Synapse End Device A falls outside the xxx to yyy range of values, turn off the relay on Synapse End Device B.”

Communication with the SNAP-based Synapse RF Engine is through simple serial AT commands. This means that a user can easily interface to the RF Engine by simple techniques. With the Synapse RF Engine handling the wireless control network, the user can focus on their application.

Off-the-shelf Synapse RF Engines can be cost-effectively designed into OEMs products – without networking knowledge or application layer programming. Synapse’s Custom Solutions are also available to customize and integrate Synapse RF Engine technology directly into OEMs systems, which is ideal for large-volume, price-sensitive designs.

Key RF Engine Features

  • Up to three mile range
  • Can run both SNAP and ZigBee Stacks
  • Extremely low power
  • Embedded antenna or external SMA antenna versions
  • 18 dbM power amplifier
  • 10 dBm receive amplifier
  • 125 dBm link budget
  • Serial AT interface

Synapse RF Engine: Starting at $24.00 USD (Qty. 1).

About Synapse Wireless Solutions
Wireless control and monitoring networks are undergoing exponential growth in industries as diverse as Building Automation, Industrial Control, Inter-modal Shipping, Manufacturing, and Transportation. Companies using Synapse SNAP-based wireless control and monitoring networks can reduce their time-to-implement, time-to-market, and time-to-profit. The combination of SNAP’s small memory-footprint coupled with its high-performance, low-power, and ease-of-use features make it the obvious choice for the vast majority of intelligent wireless network applications.

About Synapse
Synapse is the emerging leader for intelligent wireless control networking solutions. Including hardware, firmware, and software; Synapse provides a complete range of low-cost, off-the-shelf and custom end-to-end wireless network solutions.

All Synapse(R) products are patent pending.