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Cellular 4G/LTE Channel / Industry News

TI increases ZigBee, 6LoWPAN and BLE range by up to 7x

March 18, 2014
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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the SimpleLink™ CC2592 range extender that provides up to a 7x improvement in range when paired with TI’s 2.4 GHz low power RF solutions for ZigBee®, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN and Bluetooth® low energy networks. The first launched pairing is the CC2592 with the SimpleLink ZigBee CC2538 wireless microcontroller (MCU) to speed time to market of ZigBee-enabled equipment. The combined solution benefits from -101 dBm sensitivity and +20 dBm output power, which raises the link budget by 17 dB and equates to up to a 7x range improvement. To order a CC2538-CC2592 evaluation kit please visit the TI eStore.

As a low cost, industrial temperature solution, the CC2592 offers extended range for a variety of applications including gateways, electric and gas meters, home and building automation, lighting, safety and security systems. Additionally, the SimpleLink CC2592 range extender is a highly integrated solution with small external BOM, which reduces cost, simplifies layout and allows for smaller end-equipment form factors.

Features and benefits of the SimpleLink CC2592 range extender

Features

Benefits

-40 to +125 degree C operation

·         Operation in low and high temperature environments

·         Enables more reliable lighting and industrial products

Less passive devices in BOM

·         Easier to layout

·         Allows smaller form factor for end device products

·         Lower BOM cost

-101 dBm sensitivity and

+20 dBm output power

·         17dB link budget improvement

·         Longer range than CC2591

4x4 QFN package

·         Delivers small form factor for compact design

Pricing and availability

The SimpleLink CC2592 range extender is available for $1.55 in 100 unit quantities through TI authorized distributors and is available through TI’s sample program. The CC2538-CC2592EMK is available on the TI eStore for $99, and the related reference design is available for download here.

Find out more about TI’s SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions

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