Embedded Masterclass to Explore Zigbee, Low Power Wireless Technologies

The UK Embedded Systems event, the Embedded Masterclass, has announced that a key presentation will be an exploration of the use of ZigBee and similar low power wireless technologies. The Embedded Masterclass will be run at both Cambridge and Bristol on the 7th and 12th may. Zigbee and 802.15.4 have become increasingly popular due to their low power consumption and ease of use.

ZigBee is a specification for a suite of high level communication protocols using small, low-power digital radios based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for wireless personal area networks (WPANs). At the moment its main application area is in monitoring and control; mainly using battery powered designs for various control functions. Such applications include utility metering, tank level monitoring, irrigation systems, temp and pressure gas monitoring. The technology defined by the ZigBee specification is intended to be simpler and less expensive than other WPANs.ZigBee is targeted at radio-frequency (RF) applications that require a low data rate, long battery life, and the option of a secure self-healing mesh network topology.

XBee“This presentation centres on the requirements for embedding 802.15.4 into a system,” said the presenter John Schwartz, Technology Strategist at Digi International. “The first part of the presentation will focus on the 802.15.4 specifications and what questions need to be asked in order to make sure that 802.15.4 will work in the target application. Some treatment of protocols that are currently running on top of 802.15.4 will also be discussed. The latter half of the presentation will center on actual design and certification requirements including FCC/CE approvals, spacing of PCB components, and Antenna selection and placement.”

The IEEE 802.15 TG4 refers to a standard for a low data rate solution with multi-month to multi-year battery life and very low complexity and is intended to operate in an unlicensed, international frequency band. Potential applications are sensors, interactive toys, smart badges, remote controls, and home automation.

The Embedded Masterclass will also have a vendor exhibition where engineers will have chance to speak with vendors such as Solid State Supplies Ltd that offer complete end to end Zigbee development platforms which include GSM Gateways and Zigbee Modules for fast development and prototyping.

“The Embedded Masterclass is very much about offering engineers an event that is informative, useful and a productive use of their time,” said Richard Blackburn. “In this respect, this is another great opportunity for engineers to meet with experts in their field, learn about an emerging technology and see what new hardware and tools are available to help them exploit this technology. The Embedded Masterclass is growing each year, it’s panning out to be a great event this year with greater vendor support and an increase in delegate registrations.”

Over the past 9 years, the Embedded Masterclass has established itself as an important UK event for engineers looking to explore the most recent tools and technologies for the development of embedded systems. Over the years it has grown from a small seminar into a much larger event that now includes a tabletop exhibition, an agenda of technical presentations and a collection of high quality workshops. It attracts electronics engineers, embedded computing engineers, designers and project managers, giving them the chance to meet with engineers from many of the world’s leading vendors of development tools and realtime and embedded technologies. The Embedded Masterclass is recognised for the quality of its presentations, which are technical in content and presented by experienced and knowledgeable engineers. It’s free to engineers and managers in the technology sector, although the workshop carries a small charge.

The Embedded Masterclass will take place in Cambridge and Bristol on the 7th and 12th May.