The ETRX3 is the 3rd generation of advanced ZigBee modules from Telegesis and the first module family on the market to feature the EM357 the latest ARM® Cortex M-3 based SOC from Ember.
The ETRX3 has a footprint of just 19mm x 25mm for both standard and PA/LNA versions which represents a 40%reduction in size compared to the ETRX2 module and will be available with either an on board antennae or a Hirose U.FL connector to allow connection of external antennae.
ETRX3 prototype mounted on large format carrier board
A link budget of 105dB on the standard ETRX3 module gives excellent performance and RF power can be further boosted by use of the ETRX3-LR which adds an extra LNA+PA boosting the link budget to 123dB.
The ETRX3 is a low power 2.4GHz ZigBee module series integrating a 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant transceiver with 192k of flash, 12k of RAM, and many advanced peripherals.
The EM357 used utilizes an efficient architecture that exceeds the dynamic range requirements imposed by the IEEE 802.15.4-2003 standard by over 15 dB. The integrated receive channel filtering allows for robust co-existence with other communication standards in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, such as IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth.
The ARM® Cortex M3 microprocessor is optimized for high performance, low power consumption, and efficient memory utilization making it ideal for use in ZigBee applications. To maintain the strict timing requirements imposed by the ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4-2003 standards, the EM357 integrates a number of MAC functions into the hardware handling automatic ACK transmission and reception, automatic backoff delay, and clear channel assessment for transmission, as well as automatic filtering of received packets.
The ETRX3 works from a 2.1v to 3.6v supply and active power consumption is reduced by over 20% compared to the ETRX2. In deep sleep mode, current consumption is reduced to 800nA and further reduced to 400na if the self wakeup feature is not enabled.
The ETRX3 features all the advanced software already present on other Telegesis ZigBee modules such as the Telegesis AT command set which allows the designer to use the functionality of the EmberZNet stack without the need for complex embedded code. Development is also made easier by the addition of an integrated JTAG and debugging interface.
As with all our modules, the ETRX3 is designed to be easily integrated into a design without the need for RF or embedded expertise. Using the latest version of Embers Znet PRO meshing technology the ETRX3 allows you to add the latest meshing radio technology without complex software engineering.
ETRX3 module features
• EM357 ZigBee SOC featuring 32-bit ARM® Cortex-M3 processor
• Dimensions 19mm x 25 mm x 3 mm
• 192k of Flash, 12k of RAM
• Estimated RX Sensitivity -99dBm (-100dBm Boost)
• Estimated TX Power 3dBm (5dBm Boost)
• 105dB link Budget
• Est Current Consumption: 20% better compared to ETRX2
• 128µS Wakeup
• Improved Hardware MAC Acceleration
• JTAG Interface for Programming and Debugging
• Improved Peripherals (ADC, timers etc.)
• Chip Antenna and U.FL coaxial Connector
• FCC Approval, tested for European Regulations
The ETRX3 will be available in commercial quantities during the third quarter of 2009.
The ETRX3 development kit will be released in September 2009.
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