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
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
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.
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| San Jose, CA
Atmel's ZigBee-ready product line
will include a complete ZigBee and 802.15.4 solution
of RF transceivers, tailored microcontrollers, and software
and reference designs.
408-965-3300 | San Jose, CA
of inertial sensor systems for aviation, land, and marine
applications and other instrumentation sensors as well
as the leading full solutions supplier in the wireless
sensor networking arena and the only manufacturer of
smart dust wireless sensors.
| South Boston, MA
Produces ZigBee semiconductor
products, software, and development tools.
+44 (0) 20 7524 7774 | London, U.K.
ZigBee remote control modules for turnkey systems.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc
+31 30 262 1157 | The Netherlands
+1 512 464 1188
A fabless semiconductor, module and software
company offering green ultra low power wireless communication
technology for sense and control applications. GreenPeak’s
mesh networks are enabled by the use of energy harvesting
devices while not compromising in performance like range,
data rate or reliability. GreenPeak driven networks
powered by energy harvesting bring true maintenance-free
858-638-0850 | San Diego, CA
Provides ZigBee compliant
wireless networking platform for monitoring and control
| Chandler, AZ
ZigBee® protocol connectivity
solutions including software & RF transceivers.
| Culver City, CA
ZigBee testing and certification
+47 970 86 676 | Norway
Offers standard RF modules
for operation in the license-free ISM bands at 315 |
433 | 429 | 868 | 915 | 2450 MHz, including ZigBee,
provides compact modules that are easy to integrate
and easy to use, for shortest possible time-to-market,
for applications such as building and industrial automation,
telemetry, automated meter reading, home automation,
wireless sensor networks, asset tracking.
405-794-7730 | Oklahoma City, OK
A premier manufacturer
of high performance wireless embedded radio modules
and network solutions design platforms for applications
in industrial, medical, commercial, automatic meter
reading (AMR) and wire replacement markets.
Renesas Technology Corp
408-382-7500 | San Jose, CA
Silicon Laboratories Inc
877-444-3032 | Austin, TX
Offers a family of optimized
MCUs, development kits, modules and software to simplify
and speed development for 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
(0) 1494 510199 | UK
ZigBee products including modules &
Texas Instruments, Inc
RF/IF and ZigBee®
Manufacturer of application-specific,
integrated circuits including WPAN/ ZigBee products.