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Wireless Solutions for the Internet of Things

In an increasingly connected world, wireless connectivity is more essential than ever. Consumers demands are escalating as wireless extends from PC peripherals and home entertainment applications to the Smart Grid and beyond. To support these sophisticated applications, Atmel offers a complete line of IEEE 802.15.4-compliant, IPv6/6LoWPAN based, ZigBee certified wireless solutions. They are based on Atmel’s rich family of RF transceivers, 8-bit and 32-bit AVR, and ARM microcontrollers. To ease development and speed time to market, Atmel offers a variety of free software stacks, reference designs, wireless modules and development kits. Together, Atmel solutions and tools provide everything you need to meet the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless control and sensor network applications.

Key Features

  • Single-Chip Solutions — The Atmel IEEE 802.15.4-compliant single-chip solution combines either an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based- or industry's leading AVR, microcontroller with a best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver. It is ideal for applications requiring minimal board space and cost — without compromising on MCU and RF performance.
  • Transceivers — Our wide range of high performance, low-power IEEE 802.15.4-compliant transceivers support regional 700/800/900MHz frequency bands available in China, Europe, Japan and North America, as well as the 2.4GHz band available worldwide. For maximum flexibility, these unique RF transceivers can be combined with any of Atmel's award winning microcontrollers over the SPI Interface.
  • Modules — ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules featuring record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration. ZigBits also pack a complete FCC/CE/ARIB certified RF design that eliminates costly and time-consuming RF development and gets your product to market on-time and on-budget.

Devices

Device Family Summary Benefit Applications Technologies Key Parameters
Combines either an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based, or industry's leading AVR®, microcontroller with a best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver in industry's best single-chip design
IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications

 IEEE 802.15.4 compliant

2.4GHz

64 to 256 KBytes Flash

Delivers the leading RF link budget with the industry's lowest power consumption

IEEE 802.15.4
ZigBee applications
Proprietary ISM

IEEE 802.15.4 compliant

Antenna diversity

external power amplifier

700/800/900 MHz or 2.4GHz bands

Up tp 2Mbit/s on-air data rates

ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules featuring record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration.

IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications

IEEE 802.15.4 compliant

Antenna diversity

external power amplifier

700/800/900 MHz or 2.4GHz bands


Pull Ahead of the Competition!

Atmel backs its 802.15.4 MCUs portfolio with innovative modules and software stacks to enable you to take the initiative in rapidly developing products for your marketplace. Standards-based and easy to use, these resources give you the agility and tools you need to maintain your competitive edge.

ZigBit Modules Speed Time to Market

ZigBits are compact 802.15.4/ZigBee modules that deliver record-breaking range performance and exceptional ease of integration. ZigBits also pack a complete FCC/CE/ARIB certified RF design that eliminates costly and time-consuming RF development and gets your product to market on-time and on-budget.

When combined with bundled IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee PRO-certified software, it's no wonder that ZigBits are used worldwide by system integrators and OEMs to add standards-based wireless connectivity to products for energy efficiency, building automation, automated meter reading, and more.

IEEE 802.15.4 Software Eases Development

Atmel offers a suite of free and certified IEEE 802.15.4-compliant software stacks, like IEEE 802.15.4 MAC, IPv6/6LoWPAN, ZigBee Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics (RF4CE), ZigBee® PRO, and ZigBee Smart Energy stacks. These powerful resources help provide a head start with ready to use wireless solutions and the shortest time to market.

IEEE 802.15.4 MAC

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard defines the protocol and compatible interconnection for data communication devices using low data rate, low power and low complexity, short-range radio frequency (RF) transmissions in a wireless personal area network (WPAN). Atmel developed the MAC stack software to support different target platforms (microcontroller and board) and RF transceivers based on a new architecture. This allows easy portability across various Atmel platforms and transceivers, and configurability to improve resource usage.

RF4Control - ZigBee RF4CE

Atmel RF4Control is a full-featured ZigBee RF4CE-compliant platform. The ZigBee RF4CE standard enhances the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by providing a simple networking layer and standard application profiles that let you create a multi-vendor interoperable solution for consumer electronics (CE). The RF4Control software package supports all the Atmel RF Single-chip solutions and Radio Transceivers, and extends standard-compliant 2.4GHz operation by supporting the same functionality and features for the 900MHz frequency band.

Atmel also offer a ready-to-use reference implementation for the ZigBee Remote Control profile which will go on top of the ZigBee RF4CE stack.

BitCloud - ZigBee PRO

BitCloud PRO is Atmel's full-featured, 2nd generation embedded ZigBee PRO certified platform for megaAVR® and ARM®. The stack provides a software development platform for reliable, scalable, and secure wireless applications running on Atmel wireless platforms.

BitCloud Profile Suite

BitCloud Profile Suite is Atmel's ready-to-use framework for rapid development of ZigBee certified products, based on the IEEE 802.15.4 compliant BitCloud ZigBee PRO stack. The suite includes a complete set of fully functional reference implementations of ZigBee Smart Energy (ZSE), ZigBee Building Automation (ZBA) and ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA) device types.