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Up until fairly recently ZigBee and WLAN together were believed by pundits to be a low data rate and high data rate, respectively, replacement for Bluetooth. Now, it appears ZigBee will be carving out a niche below and overlapping with Bluetooth integration opportunities. As a cheaper to manufacture and simpler to integrate platform, ZigBee is making rapid advancements. User groups are still hashing out details, and like with Bluetooth, ZigBee will certainly undergo a second round of specification tweaking once enough models are deployed in consumer products to gain significant feedback. Pricing appears to be in the $1 target range, which does make ZigBee more attractive then Bluetooth where application do not require more than a few 10s of kbps data. One big advantage ZigBee has over Bluetooth is a sleep mode that keeps battery drain to a minimum and allows some applications to go for years between battery changes. The links listed here will get you started in your quest for ZigBee technology information.
According to the ZigBee Alliance, it derives its name from the zigzag path of bees that serves to signal a new food source to other members of the colony. The bee's survival depends on the continuous communication of information between every member of the colony.
ZigBee Alliance Opens Membership to Adopter Class -article by John K. Waters.
Avoiding RF Interference Between
WiFi and ZigBee
800-XBOWTEC / San Jose, CA
Application note from Crossbow Technology, Inc.
A ZigBee Radio Tutorial for the Non-RF Expert
A CommsDesign Design Corner article.
The Basics of ZigBee Transmitter Testing
From National Instruments.
Designing a ZigBee-ready IEEE 802.15.4-compliant Radio Transceiver
Article from RF Design, by Khanh Tuan Le.
EiED Online>> ZigBee Kit
Article by William Wong, from Electronic Design.
Home Networking with ZigBee
Article by Mikhail Galeev, from Embedded.com.
Brief overview of designing a ZigBee interface for your product, from Wireless Net DesignLine, by Khanh Tuan Le.
Move Over, Bluetooth; ZigBee is Here
781-734-8178 / Waltham, MA
New wireless standard could be lower-cost alternative for wireless sensing and control. From Design News, by Randy Frank.
New Technologies Set the Stage for Dramatic Expansion of Wireless Control
By Craig DiLouie, Lighting Controls Association.
ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 Resource Center.
+44 (0) 1784 455511 / UK
An overview of of the ZigBee standard for remote sensor, data collecting applications and its relationship to IEEE 802.15.4.
Reliable Wireless Networks for Industrial Systems
Abstract from Ember Corp.
Routing in ZigBee: Benefits from Exploiting the IEEE 802.15.4 Association Tree
From IEEE, by Cuomo, F., Della Luna, S., Monaco, U., and Melodia, F.
Terminals Link ZigBee With GPRS, CDMA
By Jeff Berman, from EDN.
|Wireless Network Deployment Guidelines|
This document provides basic guidelines for the deployment of a wireless network based on the ZigBee and/or IEEE 802.15.4 protocols. Application note from Jennic.
World's First ZigBee Phone Uunveiled
Article by Graeme Wearden - Special to CNET News.com.
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard.
ZigBee Alliance Shows off Latest Devices
Article by Marc Perton, from Engadget.
ZigBee (Almost) Arrives
Article from Wi-Fi Planet, by Eric Griffith.
ZigBee-based Utility Meters Introduced
Article from Mobile Radio Technology Magazine.
ZigBee Clears Ratification Hurdle
Article from ZDNet UK, by Graeme Wearden.
ZigBee Homes in on Short Range Wireless
From VNUnet.com, by Tom Sanders.
Zigbee Meshes With Sensor Nets
By Jon Adams, from EE Times.
Zigbee Mesh routing - Interactive Tutorial
From Freaklabs Open Source ZigBee blog.
ZigBee Stack for a Chip Maker
Project involving porting the ZigBee stack from Luxoft Labs into the Jennic MCU.
ZigBee Starts its Rise to Power
Article from TechWorld, by Peter Judge.
From National Instruments.
ZigBee Wireless Transceiver Engineering Options
White paper from Cirronet, Inc.