A Heads-Up to All The Atmel Zigbee Heads...

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Just FYI...

Just received an e-mail from Circuit Cellar (http://www.circuitcellar.com) that they have a design contest planned for later this year based on the Atmel Zigbee chips.

It's not yet officially announced except to say it's on the way.

For those that don't know, Steve Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar has been around for quite a long time - I knew it from Byte Magazine but now it's a stand-alone magazine (both electronic and print) that has some very excellent articles in it and quite a few feature the AVR.

Their last finished contest was an AVR contest and as I recall, Colin O'Flynn was a finalist.

Anyway, just a heads-up... Zigbee stuff is coming.

Please note - this post may not present all information available on a subject.

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I was excited after looking over the information available on the Atmel Zigbee offering. The contest had better be >>later<< this year. They made a big splash last May with the Zigbee/Z-Link/Z-Stack announcements (e.g., http://rfdesign.com/mag/radio_fu... ). The stuff was "available now" according to Atmel:

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Price and availability -- Atmel's Z-Link ZigBee chipset will be available in May 2004 and will be priced at US$6.75 in quantities of 100,000 for the radio, FFD controller and 802.15.4 and ZigBee protocol stacks. The AT86ZL3201 Z-Link controller will be available in 64-lead TQFP and 64-ball LFBGA packages. The AT86RF210 Z-Link 868MHz/902-928MHz 802.15.4 transceiver will be available in a 48-pin QFN package. Development boards will be available in June 2004.

Since then: Z-ilch on Z-Link, Z-Stack, AT86ZL*. Nothing. Nada. No response to sample requests. No answers to emails. Disti & rep has no new info. No new press releases.

We are investigating 2.4GHz and/or Zigbee for an app. We can hold the Freescale+Freescale solution in our hands. The same with the Microchip+Chipcon offering. We do almost all our apps with AVR microcontrollers, but it just ain't here for us small fish at least.

Lee

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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I can't wait for this to happen. The contest, that is. The Atmel people ... it's not the first time they do something like this, so I think they are somehow over-optimistic ("somehow retarded" is probably better from a semantic point of view in this context, but I don't want to be rude :evil: ). I'm curios if they'll asks the competitors to write the ZigBee stack themselves ... Nevertheless, I can't wait.

Bogdan

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Note that Circuit Cellar has an active Zigbee contest with the Freescale setup. That's how I got my boards.

Lee

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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theusch wrote:
Note that Circuit Cellar has an active Zigbee contest with the Freescale setup.

Yes, I know, thank you. Unfortunately, I'm a Freescale employee AND I don't live in either US or Canada :(

Bogdan

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Atmel took a bit of a gamble with this one and got it seriously wrong ... Big time wrong. Their blurb says:

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The AT86RF210 Z-Link 868MHz/902-928MHz 802.15.4 transceiver will be available in a 48-pin QFN package. Development boards will be available in June 2004.

This statement cannot be true because the IEEE have not ratified or even drafted a spec for the PHY and MAC layers of IEEE 802.15.4 at 868MHz/902-928MHz nor will they do so for many months yet.

IEEE 802.15.4 at 2.4GHz has been ratified for some time now and this frequency band is where all current Zigbee transceivers operate.

To sum up:
Don't hold your breath waiting for the above Atmel chip.

Nigel