The dawn of Zigbee

Norway-based Chipcon has released what it claims is the industry’s first 2.4 GHz Zigbee-compliant RF Transceiver.

The CC2420 device is targeted for use in home and building automation, industrial monitoring and control systems and wireless sensor networks.

Built on a 0.18 µm CMOS process, the CC2420 supports the IEEE 802.15.4 Zigbee standard’s 250kbps data rate, while surpassing the standard in terms of selectivity and sensitivity.

The CC2420 also provides hardware support for AES-128 based data encryption and data authentication as well as supporting packet radio, data buffering (128 byte RX + 128 byte TX), burst transmissions, clear channel assessment, link quality indication and timing information.

According to John Helge Fjellheim, Vice President of Component Sales, the CC2420 can also be used as a general 2.4 GHz direct sequence spread spectrum device for a number of proprietary solutions not based around the IEEE 802.15.4 standard.

Chipcon developed the device in co-operation with Boston, MA-based Ember Corporation, a provider of embedded wireless networking solutions. Ember will sell the transceiver to designers that are using it to develop systems bundled with Ember’s Embedded Wireless Networking software (marketed as EM2420).

The CC2420 is offered in a 7 x 7 mm QFN 48 package. Samples are available now and volume shipments will start in January 2004. Pricing of the CC2420 in volume quantities is around $3.