Freescale Samples MC13224 in Single-Chip IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee PiP

Freescale Semiconductor is now sampling the next-generation MC13224 device in its single-chip IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee® Platform-in-Package[TM] (PiP) family. This family is based on IEEE® 802.15.4 technology, known for its benefits in the areas of cost, performance and efficiency for real-time remote monitoring and control. The latest addition to the MC1322x family is designed for a range of wireless applications, including energy management, commercial building automation, industrial control and monitoring and home entertainment control. The family supports existing protocols, such as SMAC, IEEE 802.15.4 MAC, ZigBee stack and SynkroTM network protocol stack, with the ability to support the WirelessHART[TM] specification, ISA100 and 6LoWPAN.

The MC13224 device is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 specification and designed to provide a highly integrated, total solution with premier processing capabilities and very low power consumption. Freescale has done this by integrating the essential components of an IEEE 802.15.4 based application within a single package, requiring designers to add only an antenna and crystal.

The MC13224 contains a 32-bit ARM7[tm] microcontroller (MCU), a fully compliant IEEE® 802.15.4 transceiver, flash, RAM and ROM, high-performance peripherals, balun and RF matching components. This is all integrated into a small-footprint land-grid array (LGA) package that virtually eliminates the need for external RF matching components, making it easy for designers to get up and running quickly and ultimately decreasing time-to-market and overall system cost.

“The MC13224 device is a very powerful solution for ZigBee and ZigBee PRO applications,” said Heino Kähler, development manager for Wireless Modules at Panasonic Electronic Devices Europe GmbH. “We have selected it for our next generation module family PAN456x, a flexible, turnkey module that accelerates the development of ZigBee-compliant applications. PAN456x engineering samples with the MC13224 device will be available in August this year.”

“We’ve seen high demand for our IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee Platform-in-Package family as wireless applications such as home entertainment control, smart energy, industrial and process control and monitoring continue their rapid growth,” said Brett Black, manager of Freescale’s Wireless Connectivity Operation. “Our customers need a platform solution that helps them get to market quickly so they can keep pace with this growth and be ready to develop the applications that could be next. With the designer’s needs in mind, we developed the MC13224 as a solution that provides high-performance functionality and industry-leading integration at a cost-effective price point.”

The MC13224 has best-in-class operating currents and RF performance. Typical transmit currents of 28 mA and receive currents of 21 mA can even be lower with MCU bus stealing enabled. With receive sensitivity of up to -100 dBm and maximum output power of + 5 dBm, the MC1322x offers the highest link margin of any device currently available in the industry. Onboard power supply regulation is provided for source voltages from 1.8 Vdc to 3.6 Vdc, and can operate over an extended temperature range up to +105C.

In addition to the outstanding MCU and RF performance, the MC1322x family provides best-in-class power savings. The MC1322x family, is engineered to double the expected battery life for current IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee protocol solutions, in many cases exceeding the shelf life of batteries. It does this by providing numerous low current modes to maximize battery life with sleep or restricted performance operation and also contains an on-board buck converter that takes advantage of the operating characteristics of Lithium-ion or NiCad batteries.

MC13224 PiP solution features

  • 32-bit ARM7 TDMI processor capable of running up to 26 MHz
  • RAM and flash memory to provide a flexible and robust platform for cost-sensitive wireless applications
  • ROM containing a fully compliant IEEE 802.15.4 MAC including GTS and beaconing, peripheral device drivers and boot code
  • 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 standard compliant on-chip transceiver/modem supporting 250 kbps transmissions
  • Up to -100 dBm receive sensitivity
  • Up to +5 dBm output power
  • 21 mA receive current and 28 mA transmit current
  • Less than 1uA consumed in lowest power mode
  • 802.15.4 hardware accelerator
  • AES128 hardware security and 32-bit random number generator
  • Two 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs)
  • Powerful In-circuit debug and flash programming available via on-chip debug ports
  • Multiple serial ports and peripherals
  • Extensive sleep mode control and variation
  • Onboard buck converter for ultra-low-power applications

Pricing and availability
MC1322x development kits are orderable now. Production quantities are expected to be available in September. Suggested resale pricing for the MC13224V in 10K resale quantities is $4.99 (USD).

Freescale’s compliant IEEE 802.15.4 platform
Freescale’s popular wireless 2.4 GHz RF platforms, offering best-in-class performance by transmitting up to 400 meters line-of-sight without the use of any external range options, are important in applications such as remote metering. Freescale’s newest family, the MC1322x, Platform in Package, contains a high-performance 32-bit ARM® microcontroller, a fully compliant IEEE® 802.15.4 transceiver, large amounts of memory and integration, in addition to balun and RF matching components — all integrated into a small-footprint land-grid array (LGA) package.

About ZigBee technology
ZigBee is a low-power wireless communications technology and international standard protocol for the next-generation wireless network, reducing data size and allowing for lower-cost network construction with simplified protocol and limited functionality. ZigBee uses the PHY and MAC layers defined by IEEE 802.15.4, which is the short-distance wireless communication standard for 2.4 GHz band. ZigBee comprises the ZigBee platform specifications and ZigBee profiles defined by the ZigBee Alliance.

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2007 sales of $5.7 billion (USD).

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