Chipcon launches complete ZigBee development platform

The CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit is highly suited as a prototyping, evaluation and demonstration platform targeting various real life ZigBee applications.

Oslo, Norway September 14, 2004.

Chipcon AS, a leading provider of low -cost, low -power RF -ICs, announces the release of a complete ZigBee development platform, including hardware, the ZigBee protocol stack as well as development tools. The CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit is highly suited as a prototyping, evaluation and demonstration platform targeting various real life ZigBee applications. With this kit it will be easier for system designers to develop their applications. Instead of solving complex radio and network issues, designers can now focus on building applications on top of the ZigBee standardized framework.

It is widely recognized that standards such as Bluetooth and WLAN are not suited for low
power applications, caused by these standards' high node costs as well as complex and
power hungry RF -ICs and protocols. With ZigBee, however, the case is different. ZigBee is the only standard that specifically addresses the typical needs of wireless control and monitoring applications.

The CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit includes the Z -Stack from Figure 8 Wireless. The Z -Stack object code, tools and documentation will be provided as an End Customer distribution package available for download from the Chipcon ZigBee Developer Site after purchase of the CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit. The price for the complete kit is USD 5000, and it can be ordered as of September 14th.

The Chipcon ZigBee Developer Site will be available as of October 4th.

The Chipcon IEEE 802.15.4 MAC source code will continue to be provided separately and free of charge under a license agreement.

For further information contact:

Chipcon: Lene Orbeck, VP Marketing Tel: +47 22 95 85 44 E -mail:

About Chipcon AS: ( )

Chipcon is a leading provider of proprietary and standards based CMOS RF -IC's for wireless connectivity. Chipcon's RF -ICs provide low -cost, low -power and high -performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications. Chipcon's single -chip high -performance RF transceivers and transmitters target low -power wireless applications in the 300 to 1000 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bands and are distributed worldwide.

About IEEE 802.15.4: (

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard, approved in May 2003, provides a worldwide standard for low data rate 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: ( )

The ZigBee Alliance ( 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 optimised for wireless monitoring and control applications.

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