Renesas Electronics Europe and AND TR release ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 module-based design kits

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The design kits include ‘TestZED’ modules that can be used in product prototyping and are pre-programmed with the Renesas ZigBee Pro stack as well as the Smart Energy 1.1 profile. The modules are easily controlled via HyperTerminal commands.

In the Advanced design kit, the specialist TestZED module is designed to interoperate with the bundled PC TestZED software and can function as either a ZigBee Co-ordinator or Router, depending on how it is initialised. However, the real hidden ‘gem’ in this kit is the TestZED PC software which gives users greater visibility of network communications and enables direct testing of the ZigBee Profile and their developed application through the reading/writing to the individual attributes of the profile’s clusters.

As a result, scenarios can be quickly set up and tested. As is standard with all AND products, the ConnectZED Evaluation Kits come fully backed up with direct technical email and telephone support.

The Renesas M16C/6B single chip silicon offers a high level of integration including a high-performance 16-bit CPU with an IEEE802.15.4 compliant 2.4 GHz transceiver, up to 256 kB of on-chip Flash coupled with 20 kB RAM and 8 kB of data flash, in addition to many useful peripherals such as a 4 channel DMA, multiple timers (including watchdog), 3 channels of serial I/O, 8 channel 10bit ADC and much more.

Targeted primarily at the European Smart Metering market, but also supporting Building Automation and Home Appliance applications through the optional Home Automation profile, the ZigBee design kits are available directly from AND’s website at at a cost of £195.00 (Euros 220.00) for the Standard Evaluation Kit or £550.00 (Euros 625.00) for the Advanced Evaluation Kit.

More information about the ZigBee Pro module-based design kit at


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