NXP grabs for wireless Internet of Things

December 05, 2012

Bernard Cole-December 05, 2012

Eyeing the emerging opportunities in the machine to machine and Internet of Things sensor markets, NXP Semiconductor has announced the JN516x family of MCUs – their next generation of ultra-low-power wireless microcontrollers for JenNet-IP, ZigBee, and other IEEE 802.15.4 applications.

The company claims that by integrating a 2.45-GHz radio and analog peripherals with microcontroller functionality in a single die, the JN516x wireless microcontrollers are the only single-chip devices in the industry to support JenNet-IP, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation, and RF4CE.

The JN516x family also offers a number of memory options, with up to 256 kB of embedded flash, 4 kB of on-chip EEPROM and 32 kB of RAM on the JN5168 to support the latest network stacks.

Another key feature is in-packet antenna diversity, which allows systems to choose the best antenna on every packet received. Currently sampling with lead customers, JN516x evaluation kits and chips will be available from leading distributors in January 2013.

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