RABBIT SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. LAUNCHES ZIGBEETM / 802.15.4 APPLICATION KIT FOR LOW-COST, LOW-POWER EMBEDDED WIRELESS CONTROL

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KIT INCLUDES MAXSTREAM XBEETM WIRELESS ZIGBEE MODULES

Rabbit Semiconductor, Inc. announces the release of its ZigBee/802.15.4 Application Kit. The application kit interfaces a RabbitCoreTM module with MaxStream XBee wireless ZigBee modules. Adding ZigBee technology to an Ethernet enabled Rabbit embedded control device offers a low-cost, robust wireless infrastructure that allows users to monitor remote devices within a sophisticated wireless network, exchange data between devices, and control I/O from a secured PC on the internet.

As the latest emerging wireless standard, ZigBee is positioned for widespread integration in embedded applications. ZigBee, known for its reliable, low-cost, low-power features, builds upon the established IEEE 802.15.4 standard.

Rabbit's ZigBee/802.15.4 Application Kit is a reference application that comes complete with the hardware and software for implementing a ZigBee wireless control network in the various topologies such as point-to-point and point-to-multipoint. The simple to use configuration software allows users to set up a network, discover nodes, and establish communications between similar ZigBee devices.

The RabbitCore module acts as the network coordinator to monitor and manage two other battery-powered XBee-equipped node devices. This allows users to access and control a ZigBee/802.15.4 network from anywhere in the world. The RabbitCore module is equipped with Ethernet and 512K Flash, 256K SRAM, 1MB serial flash, and 33 GPIO lines, and has the ability to act as both an intelligent control device or as an Ethernet gateway.

ZigBee is an ideal wireless technology for Rabbit embedded applications. The ZigBee/802.15.4 Application Kit was introduced at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston (26-28 September 2006).  The ZigBee/802.15.4 Application Kit is priced at US$399 Qty1.

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