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Charles Murray
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Easy is good
Charles Murray   3/4/2013 7:29:16 PM
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Easy is good. What kind of wireless applications does this kit target, Rich?

jdesbonnet
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The 8051 core is a pain
jdesbonnet   3/6/2013 7:18:59 PM
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I was once very interested in those TI 802.15.4 SoCs, but those currently in production use an 8051 core and to do anything useful with them requires a heafy investment in development tools (eg IAR which costs 2-3k$). No thank you, ARM for me please.

Jon Titus
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ZigBee not for Everyone
Jon Titus   3/22/2013 11:15:11 AM
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I recommend the ZigBee protocol only when a design requires interoperability with other ZigBee devices, or when someone wants a ZigBee certification. For proprietary designs or basic wireless communications, modules that operate to the IEEE 802.15.4 standard will do a nice job without the software overhead ZigBee requires.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: ZigBee not for Everyone
Jack Rupert, PE   3/22/2013 4:43:26 PM
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Good observation, Jon.  It is often better to stick with the simpler solutions if you don't need to go for the interoperability as you mentioned.

notarboca
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Re: ZigBee not for Everyone
notarboca   3/30/2013 8:18:39 PM
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@jon, You are right concerning the extra software overhead.  I'm considering getting a certification, though, just to know what is involved with it.



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