ZigBee modules provide transmit power of 3.1mW

22nd July 2016
Mick Elliott

The Thread-ready Digi XBee S2D ZigBee modules are embedded radio frequency (RF) wireless modules that provide engineers with a simple migration path to quickly and easily incorporate into board designs. They are on sale at Mouser Electronics. The Thread protocol is a low-power, IPv6-addressable, self-healing mesh network with advanced security implemented at the networking layer.

The protocol provides secure, distributed short-range RF networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) market and connected products for wireless industrial applications.

The modules are based on the same specifications as Digi’s current 802.15.4-based Series 2 Digi XBee hardware and feature a Silicon Labs EM3587 system-on-chip (SoC) with 512 kBytes of flash and 64 kBytes of RAM, allowing for full implementation of the full Thread protocol for end nodes and routers,when released in 2017.

The module’s SPI provides a high-speed interface and optimizes integration with embedded microcontrollers, lowering development costs and reducing time to market.

The Digi XBee S2D modules provide transmit power of 3.1mW (6.3mW in boost mode) to offer an indoor transmit range of up to 200 feet and an outdoor, line-of-site range of up to 4,000 feet — all packed into the popular Digi XBee surface mount footprint and secured by 128-bit AES encryption.

Because the modules adhere to the same surface mount footprint as other Digi XBee modules and feature the interoperability of the ZigBee standard, engineers can easily switch to other frequencies or protocols to expand their market reach and quickly grow their businesses.

The modules are supported by the Digi XKB2-Z7T-WTZM XBee S2D ZigBee Thread-Ready Mesh Kit, which includes three Digi XBee S2D ZigBee modules, micro-USB cables, and Digi XBee development boards that can be used with the modular Seeed Studio Grove system, which provides interconnect capabilities.

The kit is designed for anyone interested in getting started in the world of ZigBee, while making it easy to quickly learn more about ZigBee technology through hands-on examples in the kit.

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