IEEE 802.15.4 MAC sub -layer implementation from Chipcon

The software is available free of charge under a license agreement and gives customers a head start in their ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 product developments.

Chipcon AS, a leading provider of high -performance, low -power RF -ICs, announces the availability of IEEE 802.15.4 compliant MAC software for Chipcon's products. The software is available free of charge under a license agreement and gives customers a head start in their ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 product developments.


The IEEE 802.15.4 MAC sub -layer implementation is running on the newly released CC2420DBK hardware platform, which includes an Atmel AVRmega microcontroller. As the software is written in C it can easily be ported to other platforms.

The MAC sub -layer software may be configured for different user needs and applications such as a high -throughput router node or a low power sensor node.

The software includes functions such as collision avoidance (CSMA -CA), beaconing, association, scanning, access control, AES encryption and authentication. Together these functions provide the user with a highly reliable link between two or more MAC entities.

About Chipcon AS: (www.chipcon.com)

Chipcon is a leading semiconductor design and manufacturing company. Chipcon's standard RF -ICs provide -low cost, low -power and high -performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications including Home and Building Automation, Wireless Sensor Networks, Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Alarm and Security, Consumer Electronics and Automotive.

Chipcon's single -chip RF transceivers and transmitters have outstanding performance and target low -power wireless applications in the 300 to 1000 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bands. The products are distributed worldwide.

About IEEE 802.15.4: (www.ieee802.org/15/pub/TG4.html)

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard, approved in May 2003, provides a worldwide standard for low datarate solutions with multi -month to multi -year battery life and very low complexity. It is intended to operate in an unlicensed, international frequency band. The typical applications are Home and Building Automation, Industrial Control and Monitoring Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, Remote Controls and Consumer Electronics.

About ZigBee: (www.zigbee.com)

The ZigBee Alliance (www.zigbee.org) is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost -effective, low -power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non -profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs and end -users worldwide. Membership is open to all.

The ZigBee Alliance, in collaboration with the IEEE, is defining the network, security, and application layers above the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and MAC layers. This cooperation will result in an easy -to -use, standards -based wireless network platform optimized for wireless monitoring and control applications.

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