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CEL Ships MeshConnect Extended Range Module

October 14, 2009

The new unit provides long-range communications and robust connectivity in noisy RF environments. The module enables a variety of applications, such as intelligent lighting control, in-hospital patient monitoring, and industrial sensor networks.

Santa Clara, CA -- California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is now shipping its new MeshConnect Extended Range Module for 802.15.4/ZigBee applications. Building on its extensive MeshConnect family of modules and IC's, the new module uniquely enables long-range applications, as well as those that must maintain robust mesh connections even in harsh, noisy, indoor RF environments. The new module also delivers special features, such as extended data rates and a built-in voice CODEC processor.

Key Applications
With its ability to maintain strong connections, even in environments already congested with wireless interference from other sources, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Extended Range Module enables such new applications as intelligent lighting control for LED lighting, in-hospital patient monitoring, baby monitors with two-way voice, and RF4CE, a new technology for RF-based TV and set top box remote control.

Meanwhile, its ability to maintain RF links at long distances enables applications such as large-farm irrigation, wireless control for highway and street lighting, asset management with location tracking, enterprise security systems with video and voice, and wireless sensors in large industrial environments, such as oil refineries and manufacturing plants. "The Extended Range Module's robust link budget enables reliable networks even in harsh RF environments," said Rich Howell, CEL Director of Business Development.

Industry-Leading Performance
With a range of up to 2 miles, the Extended Range Module "leads its category." Additionally, its superior +123.5 dB link budget enables higher data rates to be maintained for longer distances. Even though it is higher powered than shorter range modules, it has impressive battery life due to its extremely low <1 µA sleep-mode power consumption.

Pricing and Availability
The Extended Range Module is shipping now. The part number is ZICM2410P2. Pricing is <$17 in thousand-piece quantities.

For more information, please visit the company's Web site or contact David Cohen at for further information or to arrange a detailed briefing.

About CEL
California Eastern Laboratories develops IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee radio modules and transceiver IC's and is a member of the ZigBee Alliance. CEL is also NEC Electronics' exclusive sales, marketing, and development partner in the Western Hemisphere for products made by their Compound Semiconductor Device Division. CEL has sales offices, independent representatives, and distributors throughout the world.

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