Wireless Applications

Airbee and ZMD Team Up to Deliver 900-MHz ZigBee Technology

August 3, 2006

Integrators and OEMs deploying wireless sensor networks will have access to a turnkey solution consisting of the 900-MHz ZMD44102 radio and the TI MSP430-1612 microcontroller.


Rockville, MD -- Airbee Wireless announced that it has executed a license agreement with Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMD) to provide ZigBee-compliant and ZigBee-based network protocol stacks (ZNS & ZNS Lite). Integrators and OEMs deploying ZigBee wireless sensor networks will now have access to the industry-leading ZMD44102 radio at 900 MHz paired with the leading microcontroller, the TI MSP430-1612. This alliance will offer a ready-made platform for integrators and OEMs looking for turnkey 900 MHz ZigBee solutions requiring extended range and robust performance.

Airbee and ZMD are integrating the Airbee-ZigBee Network Software (ZNS)

stack with ZMD's ZMD44102 transceiver supporting the 868.3 MHz (Europe) and 902 MHz to 928 MHz (Americas) license free bands. To reduce time to market, a complete reference design with the TI MSP430-1612 ultra-low-power microcontrollers will be integrated.

"As ZigBee technology takes off throughout the world, application developers will need the extended range performance of 900 MHz solutions. By teaming with ZMD, we are truly moving globally, said Raj Sundarsesan, CEO for Airbee Wireless Inc.

"The popularity of ZigBee and Airbee's experience with TI's MSP430 microcontrollers and customer demand made it important for us to work with Airbee, to offer 900 MHz ZigBee-compliant platforms," said Klaus Mueller, vice president Wireless Sensor Networks for ZMD. "Current and future ZigBee users can now test and compare 900 MHz vs. 2.4 GHz solutions. By leveraging our experience with RF and sensor semiconductors, we are offering a ZigBee solution that can support the rapidly growing ZigBee technology market as well as customer specific applications."

About Airbee Wireless Inc.
Airbee is an innovator of intelligent software solutions for unwired voice and data networking. Products include embedded software, management platform, development tools and services. Airbee technology is licensed by OEMs, silicon providers and integrators. All products are designed and engineered to comply with ZigBee / IEEE 802.15.4 global standards. Airbee technology offers affordability, greater flexibility and shorter time to market, unlike anything else now available. To learn more about Life Unwired with Airbee technology inside, please visit the company's Web site, or call +1 (301) 517-1860.

About ZMD
Founded in 1961, ZMD AG specializes in the expert design, production, and marketing of mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuits and application-specific standard products for automotive, industrial, and medical applications. Focused on high-precision signal conditioning and high-performance wireless communication, ZMD ensures an integrated foundation for robust sensor networks. With corporate headquarters in Dresden, Germany, ZMD also services customers from offices worldwide, including Melville, NY; San Diego, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Stuttgart, Germany; London, England; and Taipei, Taiwan.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
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, nonprofit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at the alliance's Web site.


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