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WinSystems' introduces PC/104 ZigBee support

ws_244.jpgWinSystems today introduced their PCM-ZigBee board. It is a PC/104-based module that supports the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for wireless communications. Designers choose ZigBee when they require a cost-effective, standards-based wireless networking solution that supports low data-rates, low-power consumption, security, reliability and product interoperability. The board is designed for industrial markets such as HVAC, lighting controls, telemetry, security, and sensor networks. The board operates from -40° to +85° Centigrade.

The PCM-ZigBee is a PC/104-compliant module that measures 90mm x 96mm. The board is configured with either an XBee or XBee-Pro transceiver (from Maxstream, Linden, UT) that is wired to a SMA RF connector on the edge of the board. The difference between these two modules is the amount of power consumed (1mW vs. 60mW) and signal range. For the XBee-Pro configuration, the indoor and urban range is up to 300 feet (100m) and outdoor line-of-sight is up to 1 mile (1500m). For the XBee the urban range is 100 feet (30m) and outdoor range is 300 feet (100m). Selection of the antenna type and placement has a major impact on the range.

The board operates at 2.4GHz which is in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) frequency band. The module complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules and regulations and has been certified for use in several European countries as well.

The PCM-ZigBee uses the PHY and MAC layers defined by IEEE 802.15.4, which is the short-distance wireless communication standard for 2.4GHz band. 802.15.4 provides a robust foundation for ZigBee, ensuring a reliable solution in noisy environments. Features such as energy detection, clear channel assessment and channel selection help the device pick the best possible channel thus avoiding other wireless networks such as Wi-Fi. Message acknowledgement helps to ensure that the data was delivered to its destination. Multiple levels of security ensure that the network and data remain intact and secure.

The PCM-ZigBee requires only +5 volts to operate. It is RoHS compliant. It is also available with an optional Trimble GPS receiver installed for mobile applications.

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