ZigBee Pro module features 20 to 50 percent smaller footprint

ZigBee Pro module features 20 to 50 percent smaller footprint

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By eeNews Europe

According to the ZigBee Alliance, “Smarter homes allow consumers to save money, be more environmentally aware, feel more secure and enjoy a variety of conveniences that make homes easier and less expensive to maintain.”

In addition to the small footprint, the surface mount design of the ZPM3570 eliminates the need for costly connectors. Though the module is less than 0.63 square inches in area, it provides a complete ZigBee PRO solution including on-module chip antenna and 1-MB flash memory for data logging.

Quickly implementing products that provide vendor-interoperable Smart Energy and Home Automation is achieved through an intuitive API that simplifies connectivity of the module to an application processor. OEMs wishing to implement their own application in addition to the ZigBee stack can take advantage of the on-board 32-bit M3 Coretex ARM processor. This can eliminate the additional cost and complexity of a separate application co-processor.

The ZPM3570 incorporates Ember’s EM357 ZigBee RFIC and is coupled with a power amplifier, plus low noise amplifier that increases the RF transmit power and receive sensitivity. The ZPM3570 provides a 250 kb/s RF data rate with +20 dBm (100 mW) RF power coupled with a receive sensitivity of -103 dBm to provide exceptional range and performance all in an FCC, IC and ETSI certified module. The on-module antenna keeps device costs low by eliminating the cost of a separate antenna.

RFM also offers the ZPM3570DK development kit that will be available from RFM distributors in mid-June, 2011. ZPM3570 samples are available to qualified customers.

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