Single-chip Zigbee PiP boasts long battery life
Designed to support wireless applications, Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s single-chip Zigbee platform-in-package (PiP) is claimed to enable up to 20 years of battery life and features up to 2Mbps TurboLink technology.
The MC1322x PiP contains a 32bit MCU capable of running up to 26MHz, a fully compliant IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver, balun and RF matching components. By integrating those devices into a small-footprint land-grid array (LGA) package, Freescale has virtually eliminated the need for external RF components. Battery-powered systems only require an antenna and crystal to be connected for operation, according to Freescale.
Optimized for Li-ion or NiCad batteries, the part supports coin cells or standard alkaline batteries that can provide up to 20 years of system life, or double the expected life of current Zigbee products.
Freescale's MC1322x also features a TurboLink technology mode, engineered to increase data rates by up to 2Mbps between nodes.
Freescale will offer the device in two package options: a 9.5-by-9.5mm LGA and a 7-by-7mm QFN. The company also plans to offer the devices in standard mode or TurboLink technology mode.
Suggested resale pricing for the standard-mode devices in LGA packaging is $5.50 in 10,000 quantities. Samples of the device were made available to key OEM customers since May. General market sampling is slated for December.
- Ismini Scouras