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TI unveils industry’s first demonstrations of ZigBee Light Link standard

June 4, 2012
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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) announced the industry’s first demonstrations of the new ZigBee® Light Link standard on the CC2530 ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC). Developed by leading lighting and technology companies within the ZigBee Alliance, ZigBee Light Link standardizes wireless networked LED lighting systems making them easier to install, manage and operate than previous closed proprietary systems. As an industry leading solution, TI’s CC2530 is a certified Golden Unit for ZigBee Light Link enabling developers and manufacturers to quickly build and test ZigBee Light Link products for interoperability.

TI’s ZigBee Light Link demonstrations during Computex Taipei June 5 – 8, in booth TICC 101D, will showcase a complete LED light management system using a smartphone, low cost gateway and LED devices. Direct lighting controls will be shown using an Android smartphone outfitted with a microSD card that integrates the CC2530 SoC to control lighting directly. The second demonstration uses an Android smartphone connected to a low-cost gateway (a CC2531 ZigBee USB dongle attached to a BeagleBone, the Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor-based open-source community board) to control and monitor ZigBee lighting and other devices.

“ZigBee Light Link is expected to transform the lighting industry, making it easy for non-professionals to network and control their LED lighting from smartphones, tablets, gateways and more,” said Mark Grazier, program manager of wireless sensor networks and worldwide third party developer network, TI, and ZigBee Alliance board member. “As a certified Golden Unit, TI’s CC2530 quickly enables manufacturers to productize their ZigBee Light Link devices. Additionally, with a CC2530-enabled microSD card, after-market devices can connect to ZigBee lighting delivering another path for manufacturers and consumers to embrace ZigBee-enabled LED lighting.”

The CC2530 is a true SoC solution for IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee and RF4CE applications. With an integrated RF transceiver, microcontroller, in-system programmable Flash and RAM, the CC2530 enables robust wireless network nodes to be built with very low total bill-of-material costs. Various operating modes make the CC2530 suited for systems where ultra-low-power consumption is required, such as LED lighting, and the SoC operates at temperatures up to 125 degrees Celsius for industrial applications. Combined with TI’s industry-leading Z-Stack™ ZigBee protocol stack, the CC2530 SoC provides a robust and complete ZigBee solution for fast time to market of ZigBee devices.

Availability

The CC2530 ZigBee SoC is available now from TI and through authorized distributors. It is packaged in a ROHS-compliant 6 mm x 6 mm QFN-40 package. The Z-Stack for ZigBee Light Link is sampling to lead customers with full availability expected in 3Q.

The TI ZigBee Light Link Computex demonstrations are by appointment only. To schedule a demonstration, or for more information on TI’s solution for ZigBee Light Link, contact TI at ZLL1@list.ti.com.

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