ZigBee software development kit is certified for ZigBee Pro and Green Power

Semiconductor company, Microchip Technology, offers the ZigBee Alliance-certified ZigBee platform with ZigBee Pro and Green Power features (formerly known as ZigBee 3.0). The software stack has greater interoperability and lower latency than before, says the company, and the corresponding BitCloud 4.0 software development kit is for the design of home automation, commercial lighting, smart energy and IoT applications.

The ZigBee-certified kit enables cross-functional device support and will be backward-compatible with existing ZigBee-certified products for seamless interoperability. With the ZigBee PRO (2015) feature set, developers can expect to find features such as low-latency suitable for RF remote applications, mesh networking for large networks such as lighting applications, and the benefits of an energy harvesting switch.

The ZigBee PRO Green Power feature, makes its debut on the software stack. It enables battery-less devices to securely join a network, leveraging eco-friendly energy sources such as light, vibration or motion. Additionally, ZigBee Light Link and ZigBee home automation device types are now supported.

The BitCloud 4.0 software development kit (SDK) enables application development on the SAM R21 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit, a Cortex M0+-based, 32bit microcontroller with an integrated 2.4GHz 802.15.4-compliant radio. When used with the newly certified software stack, the SDK provides a complete ZigBee-certified development platform.

The SAM R21 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit (ATSAMR21-XPRO) and the SAM R21 ZigBee Light Link Evaluation Kit (ATSAMR21ZLL-EK) are available.


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