Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has announced CC2538 what seems to be the first Industry’s 3-in-1 network processor that offer the three most popular ZigBee standards for one-end user and could aid the future Internet of Things deployment.
According to the General Manager, TI Wireless Connectivity Solutions, Oyvind Birkenes,
“The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) requires ZigBee devices that can easily network with deployed ZigBee-enabled end-products for smart grid infrastructure, home automation and connected lighting networks. By delivering a ZigBee wireless network processor that supports the three most popular ZigBee standards, we are raising the bar for functionality and efficiency and enabling manufacturers’ products to interoperate with the existing ZigBee devices on the market,”
The ZigBee Smart Energy™, ZigBee Home Automation™ and ZigBee Light Link™ standards can now be supported by a single end-equipment that offers a seamless user experience with fast switching between each of these standards. According to the TI, it will now become a concurrent operation, thereby giving the ability to deliver better quality of service for manufacturers of smart meters, home gateways, home appliances and other connected lightening products.
The network processor can supports and offer the broadest feature set, which can be tailored for specific end-device(s). It is hope that with a CC2538-enabled device, consumers can more easily network within their homes as well as monitor and interface to the smart grid to save money and energy.
The CC2538 features a robust IEEE 802.15.4 radio and a powerful ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller system. All security operations are handled by dedicated accelerators, leaving enough processing power and memory to handle multiple ZigBee standards concurrently.
Device Uses includes
• Industry-First ZigBee SoC Designed for Future-Proof Smart Energy 2.0 Implementations
• ZigBee Smart Energy 1.x Upgradeable to Smart Energy 2.0
• Home and Building Automation
• Intelligent Lighting Systems