- STMicroelectronics is joining the Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors.
- This new integration can help in the adoption and evolution of the IoT-friendly wireless standards
STMicroelectronics has announced a new chip for ZigBee wireless networking. The SN250 is a wireless module which integrates a 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radio transceiver and a 16-bit microprocessor. It runs on EmberZNet software stack. This power-efficient chip consists of comprehensive, hardware-supported, network-level debugging features for easy application development.
Can provide higher performance parameters
According to the company, the integrated transceiver of SN250 can provide higher performance when compared to IEEE 802.15.4 standard specifications. It features a transmission (TX) Boost mode that offers up to 5dBm increase in output power. This increase can increase the communication range of the system. The receiver (RX) sensitivity of the module in boost mode is -98dBm. The product also features a flexible antenna interface. This interface enables easy antenna connection. It also minimises the need for an external power amplifier.
Simplify product development for manufacturers
The aim of this alliance is to simplify product development for manufacturers . It also aims to provide consumers with increased device compatibility. For ST’s part, the company informed that the STM32 MCU/MPU products will be to the forefront. With this, they will focus on integrated security mechanisms that guarantee IP and privacy protection.
Hakim Jaafar, Head of Marketing for Wireless Microcontrollers at STMicroelectronics stated that,
“ In both the consumer and industrial markets, demand for reliable IoT connectivity is expanding fast and the trend towards wireless technologies is growing tremendously – whether in smart-home solutions, asset-tracking production tools, or building control.
Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, Zigbee Alliance also added to the same context saying,
” As a leading and trusted Arm Cortex-M supplier to both top OEMs and the mass market committed to propagating Zigbee technology in its 2.4GHz product roadmap, ST supports the mission of the Zigbee Alliance and joined the board to share our expertise and help continue the Alliance’s success.
The company STMicroelectronics plays an important role in powering next-generation IoT devices, and their leadership will be a great value-add at the board level and within working groups, as we work diligently to create communication and connection standards that can be cast across continents. As we head into 2020, it’s extremely encouraging to see the impressive collection of global tech organizations like ST that are committed to cooperation and interested in taking a seat at the Alliance table. ”
The company has also recently announced a profit of one billion dollars for the profit year 2019-20.