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Jennic Claims First Large-Scale ZigBee Network Evaluation Tool

November 8, 2006

New 100-node ZigBee evaluation product enables deployment of large-scale real-world building monitoring applications.


Sheffield, UK, (from release) — The UK-based company Jennic says it is the first to offer a large-scale ZigBee network evaluation product; the new system lets customers rapidly evaluate and deploy wireless sensor networks of 100 nodes or more in real-world industrial, office, and home environments. By combining wireless sensor nodes, software and network monitoring tools the evaluation product is ready to use out of the box, says Jennic.

The wireless sensor nodes provide a building monitoring application with the provision of temperature, humidity and light sensors, coupled with switches and lights.  The nodes can be used as endpoints, routers, coordinators and gateways with a mix of standard and high-power modules that can be either mains AC or battery powered.  Each node also provides a RS232 serial port for configuration and monitoring.  The nodes arepreconfigured with a building monitoring application that runs on Jennic's standard ZigBee network stack.  Nodes can be modified with Jennic's Integrated Developer Environment allowing users to migrate towards their own application.

Following on from a phase of evaluation and prototyping ZigBee networks, the worldwide market is moving towards many companies undertaking trial networks in a variety of environments.  The ability to deploy systems with 100 or more nodes using Jennic's wireless microcontrollers with a standard product enables development effort to be focused on the customer applications rather than the underlying wireless technology.

Tony Lucido, VP marketing of Jennic, commented, "Having provided ZigBee evaluation kits through 2006 we are now seeing many customers wanting to evaluate large-scale deployments of wireless sensor networks.  The key features customers require are stable, robust, wireless communication in a variety of challenging environments, particularlycommercial buildings, industrial environments and co-existence with wi-fi networks. A year ago Jennic addressed the market need for low-cost, easy development and we now complement this by simplifying large-scale deployments with mature, stable hardware and software."

About Jennic
Jennic is a fabless semiconductor company leading the wireless connectivity revolution by providing wireless microcontrollers for a broad range of applications.  Its expertise in systems and software combined with world class RF and digital chip design provides low cost, highly integrated wireless microcontrollers with a focus on the IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee standards.  The company's products include state-of-the-art low power wireless microcontrollers, modules, development platforms, protocol and application software.

Headquartered in Sheffield, UK, Jennic also has offices in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, East and West coast USA.  For more information, visit www.jennic.com.
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