Wireless Applications

Tendril Releases Its Software on TI's ZigBee Development Platform

June 14, 2006

Tendril takes platform-agnostic approach, enabling its system software for wireless sensor and control network deployments to support TI's Chipcon CC2430 ZDK Pro ZigBee-compliant network stack.


DENVER /PRNewswire/ -- Tendril, a leader in system software for developing and deploying wireless sensor and control networks, has begun shipping its Tendril Redcliff Release version 1.1 on a new low-power wireless network platform—the Chipcon CC2430 ZDK Pro ZigBee system-on-a-chip development platform from TI. Tendril Redcliff Release v1.1 system software is a platform-agnostic solution for customers seeking to quickly and easily deploy wireless censor and control network (WSCN) applications. Tendril previously released versions of its software for the EmberZNet 2.0 ZigBee-compliant network stack and the EmberNet proprietary network platform, and the company will announce support for numerous additional network platforms in the coming months.

Tendril system software is the first distributed platform that allows organizations to fully leverage the power of WSCN implementations that integrate different types of low-power sensors/actuators with enterprise or normal PC/PDA-based computing systems. Tendril's technology accomplishes this by providing an integrated enterprise-side and node-side programming interface, along with associated network bridging software, for managing wireless sensor and control networks, allowing OEMs to integrate wireless networking capabilities into their products in less than a week, and allowing system integrators to successfully add WSCN to deployments in the field in hours as opposed to days.

"Tendril is committed to supporting our customers' deployments on whichever network platform they are utilizing to develop their wireless sensor and control network applications. Shipping a version of the Tendril system software on TI's popular Chipcon 2430 platform is another key milestone in our multi-platform strategy, and we plan to release numerous additional platforms in the coming months, including Atmel, Freescale, Renesas, and other low-power wireless radio volume leaders," said Tim Enwall, CEO of Tendril. "This platform-agnostic approach provides the best support for our users, and it maximizes Tendril's market opportunity by making our system software available to the widest audience of customers."

To learn more about Tendril's system software for WSCN deployments, please visit Tendril in person at the ZigBee Alliance Open House on Thursday, June 15, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. Information about the event is available at the ZigBee Alliance Web site. Additional information about Tendril can be found at the company's Web site.

About TI's Chipcon CC2430 System-on-Chip Solution
The Chipcon CC2430 is a second-generation ZigBee-compliant platform and is a true system-on-chip solution, combining the industry leading radio 2.4 GHz transceiver of the IEEE 802.15.4–compliant CC2420 with an industry-proven, compact, and efficient 8051 microcontroller. The CC2430 SoC family consists of three products (CC2430-F32, CC2430-F64, and CC2430-F128). The distinction between them is the different flash configurations, 32, 64 and 128 KB with each configuration having 8 KB of RAM and other powerful supporting features. The CC2430 is based on TI's Chipcon SmartRF 03 technology platform in 0.18 micrometer CMOS and is available in a small 7Å~7 mm 48 pin package. During receive and transmit modes, the current consumption of the CC2430 is as low as 27 mA and 25 mA, respectively. CC2430's sleep mode and its short transition time to active mode makes it an ideal solution for applications that require long battery lifetime. This configuration can be used for all kinds of ZigBee wireless network nodes, including coordinators, routers, and end devices. For more information about TI's Chipcon products, please visit the company's Web site.

About Tendril
Tendril is at the forefront of the "Internet of Things"—the next big stage of computing—which allows organizations to interact with the physical world in areas where computing has previously been cost-prohibitive. To achieve its vision, Tendril is leading the expansion of the wireless sensor and control networks category by developing system software for product OEMs and integrators to integrate low-power wireless into their products and services in days, not months. This groundbreaking technology includes the first system software product of its kind to sit on top of a variety of low-power wireless sensor and control networks—including ZigBee, 802.15.4 and proprietary 802.15.4-based networks—offering a distributed platform for instantiating, manipulating, and orchestrating previously noncomputerized activities related to buildings, factories, cities, crops, homes and other objects in the physical world. For more information about Tendril, visit the company's Web site.


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