Glyn High Tech Distribution has been appointed as distributor of leading ZigBee wireless solutions provider JENNIC for Australia and New Zealand.
UK-based Jennic supplies highly integrated silicon chips and software to designers and manufacturers of equipment for home automation, commercial building automation, and industrial process monitoring and control markets. Jennic’s mission is to help customers realise the benefits of low cost, low power wireless connectivity in new and revolutionary applications. Jennic is unique in combining expertise in systems and software with world class RF and digital chip design, so their IC solutions for these wireless sensor networks lead the market in size, power, and cost.
Founded in 1996 to provide high-level semiconductor Intellectual Property and silicon design services for wired and wireless telecommunications, Jennic has an 8 year track record of successful silicon chip development, and continues to supply physical layer framers, high speed connectivity, and access co-processor IP to help Tier 1 customers develop broadband communications products.
JN5121 is the first in a series of low power, low cost IEEE 802.15.4 compliant wireless microcontrollers designed and manufactured by Jennic. Combining an on chip 32-bit RISC core, a fully compliant 2.4GHz IEEE802.15.4 transceiver, 64kB of ROM and 96kB of RAM, JN5121 provides a versatile low cost solution for wireless sensor networking applications.
The high level of integration helps to reduce the overall system cost. In particular, the ROM enables integration of point-to-point and mesh network stack protocols, and the RAM allows support of router and controller functions without the need for additional external memory. JN5121 uses hardware MAC and highly secure AES encryption accelerators for low power and minimum processor overhead. Integrated sleep oscillator and power saving facilities are provided, giving low system power consumption. The device also incorporates a wide range of digital and analogue peripherals for the user to connect to their application.
Jennic also designs and manufactures ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 wireless modules. The JN5121-Z01-M00 is a surface mounted module that enables users to implement ZigBee compliant systems with minimum time to market and at the lowest cost. These modules remove the need for expensive and lengthy development of custom RF board designs and test suites. The modules use Jennic's JN5121 wireless microcontroller to provide a comprehensive solution, including all RF components. All that is required to develop and manufacture wireless control or sensing products is to connect a power supply and peripherals such as switches, actuators, sensors, considerably simplifying product development. The JN5121-Z01-M00 has an integrated antenna and can also be provided pre-programmed with customer-specific software.
Another ZigBee module produced by Jennic is JN5121-Z01-M01 which is similar to JN5121-Z01-M00, except that it has an SMA antenna connector. JN5121-Z01-M01 can also be provided pre-programmed with customer-specific software.
Jennic also offers a wide range of ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 Evaluation Kits including a Controller Expansion kit, Network Stack Kit, Sensor Expansion Kit, Software Developer Kit, and Starter Kit. Extensive technical support is made available at Jennic’s website including online documentations, FAQ, application notes, reference designs, schematics, bulletin board, and development tools software downloads.