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802.15.4 Products

In an increasingly connected world, wireless connectivity is more essential than ever. Consumers demands are escalating as wireless extends from PC peripherals and home entertainment applications to the Smart Grid and beyond. To support these sophisticated applications, Microchip offers a complete line of IEEE 802.15.4-compliant, IPv6/6LoWPAN based, ZigBee certified wireless solutions. They are based on Microchip’s rich family of RF transceivers, 8-bit and 32-bit AVR, and ARM microcontrollers. To ease development and speed time to market, Microchip offers a variety of free software stacks, reference designs, wireless modules and development kits. Together, Microchip solutions and tools provide everything you need to meet the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless control and sensor network applications.

Key Features

  • Single-Chip Solutions — The Microchip IEEE 802.15.4-compliant single-chip solution combines either an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based- or industry's leading AVR, microcontroller with a best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver. It is ideal for applications requiring minimal board space and cost — without compromising on MCU and RF performance.
  • Transceivers — Our wide range of high performance, low-power IEEE 802.15.4-compliant transceivers support regional 700/800/900MHz frequency bands available in China, Europe, Japan and North America, as well as the 2.4GHz band available worldwide. For maximum flexibility, these unique RF transceivers can be combined with any of Atmel's award winning microcontrollers over the SPI Interface.
  • Modules — ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules featuring record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration. ZigBits also pack a complete FCC/CE/ARIB certified RF design that eliminates costly and time-consuming RF development and gets your product to market on-time and on-budget.

Devices

Device Family Summary Benefit Applications Technologies Key Parameters
Single-Chip Solutions Combines either an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based, or industry's leading AVR®, microcontroller with a best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver in industry's best single-chip design IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications IEEE 802.15.4 compliant 2.4GHz
Transceivers Delivers the leading RF link budget with the industry's lowest power consumption IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee applications Proprietary ISM IEEE 802.15.4 compliant
Antenna diversity
external power amplifier
700/800/900 MHz or 2.4GHz bands
Up tp 2Mbit/s on-air data rates
ZigBit Modules ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules featuring record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration. IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications IEEE 802.15.4 compliant
Antenna diversity
external power amplifier
700/800/900 MHz or 2.4GHz bands

Pull Ahead of the Competition!

Microchip backs its 802.15.4 MCUs portfolio with innovative modules and software stacks to enable you to take the initiative in rapidly developing products for your marketplace. Standards-based and easy to use, these resources give you the agility and tools you need to maintain your competitive edge.

ZigBit Modules Speed Time to Market

ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules that deliver record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration. ZigBits also pack a complete FCC/CE/ARIB certified RF design that eliminates costly and time-consuming RF development and gets your product to market on-time and on-budget.

When combined with bundled IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee PRO-certified software, it's no wonder that ZigBits are used worldwide by system integrators and OEMs to add standards-based wireless connectivity to products for energy efficiency, building automation, automated meter reading, and more.

IEEE 802.15.4 Software Eases Development

Microchip offers a suite of free and certified IEEE 802.15.4-compliant software stacks, like IEEE 802.15.4 MAC, IPv6/6LoWPAN, ZigBee Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics (RF4CE), ZigBee® PRO, and ZigBee Smart Energy stacks. These powerful resources help provide a head start with ready to use wireless solutions and the shortest time to market.

IEEE 802.15.4 MAC

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard defines the protocol and compatible interconnection for data communication devices using low data rate, low power and low complexity, short-range radio frequency (RF) transmissions in a wireless personal area network (WPAN). Microchip developed the MAC stack software to support different target platforms (microcontroller and board) and RF transceivers based on a new architecture. This allows easy portability across various Microchip platforms and transceivers, and configurability to improve resource usage.

SmartConnect 6LoWPAN

Microchip SmartConnect 6LoWPAN is a comprehensive solution for wireless IP-mesh connectivity over 802.15.4 links in 2.4GHz and Sub-GHz frequency bands. It has a native support for a number of common IP-based protocols that significantly simplify application development as well as integration with backend and internet cloud services.

BitCloud - ZigBee PRO

BitCloud is Microchip's ready-to-use framework for development of ZigBee certified products on megaAVR® and ARM® platforms. BitCloud SDK includes a set of fully functional reference applications for ZigBee LightLink (ZLL), ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA) and ZigBee OEM device types.