Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) recently introduced the Z-Accel CC2480 2.4 GHz ZigBee-certified network processors. The CC2480 provides engineers complete ZigBee functionality without having to learn the complexities of a full ZigBee stack, making it easy to integrate ZigBee into a wide variety of applications, such as home and building automation and industrial monitoring and control, with minimal development effort. The device also allows customers the flexibility to work with any host microcontroller (MCU). The CC2480 is available now in a 7 mm x 7 mm QFN-48 package. Suggested resale pricing for the CC2480 starts at $8.10 in 1,000-piece quantities.
The CC2480 handles all the timing-critical and processing-intensive ZigBee protocol tasks, while leaving the resources of the application MCU free to handle the application. The CC2480 communicates with any MCU via an SPI or UART interface, and it can be combined, for example, with TI’s MPS430 ultra-low power MCUs. The CC2480 targets ZigBee wireless network systems used in home and building automation, industrial monitoring and control, asset tracking, low-power wireless sensor networks, set-top boxes, remote controls, automated meter reading and medical applications.
The device supports SimpleAPI, which has only 10 API calls to learn, and features excellent radio performance, low power consumption and an automatic low-power mode in idle periods.
The eZ430-RF2480 is a USB-based wireless demonstration tool providing all the hardware and software necessary to evaluate the CC2480 network processor and the MSP430 MCU. The eZ430-RF2480 is priced at only $99.00 (US$).