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Building Zigbee transceiver module from scratch?

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Hello,

As a demonstration of concept, I would like to build a simple Zigbee communication circuits. I was initially inspired by the article in circuitcellar.com that explains building Zigbee stuff using CC2420.

Do you think it is manageable by spending a few days working? Things like security or high data rate is not primary concern. I just would like to build a simple design that can communicate a pretty good range.

I am not an RF expert.

But I have introductory skills in analog and digital circuits, and some experience with PIC uCs.

Any help greatly appreciated.
 

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Zigbee transceivers are single chips now. Go visit the Microchip web page and they have a bunch of app notes on zigbee and PIC's to get a head start. I wouldn't attempt a discrete solution for Zigbee, it doesn't make any sense to do that now.

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Thanks for your reply.

Yes, I realize that cc2420 is discrete and the new cc2430 is the Zigbee with 8051 core. Although I have experience with 8051, it is not my current interest to use that instead of PIC.

So my question then is, does Microchip also offer System-On-Chip for Zigbee?

Unfortunately, microchip.com is down (at the time of my writing), and I am rather in hurry. I would like to know if Microchip indeed offers System-On-Chip for Zigbee.

Thanks alot.
 

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What do you mean by system on a chip? The Zigbee transceiver they offer is a Serial data in/RF out system. All you need to do is drop it on a board and hook up an antenna. The zigbee stack is available from Microchip, so you integrate that with whatever application you want, and you are all set. Maybe not a couple of day's of work, but not too hard.


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Thanks.

I checked out their products briefly, and it seems that they do not offer any Zigbee integrated with MCUs, but a stand-alone Zigbee. (On the other hand, they have rfPICs. )

I am reading datasheets on rfPICs. Thanks.
 

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