June 27, 2008

TI Releases Free ZigBee(R) 2007 and ZigBee 2007 PRO Software Stacks With Smart Energy Profile

DALLAS, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Building upon its leading portfolio of hardware and software solutions for ZigBee, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced the release of the latest version of its industry-leading ZigBee-certified Z-Stack software for free download at http://www.ti.com/z-stack. Z-Stack 2.1.0 software provides full support for both ZigBee and ZigBee PRO feature sets, as well as the latest smart energy profile for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

Z-Stack 2.1.0 software works in combination with TI's SmartRF(TM)05 platform, which includes the MSP430 ultra-low power microcontroller (MCU), the CC2520 RF transceiver and the CC2591 range extender, which allows communications over several kilometers. The software provides a library of supported application examples, including smart energy, home automation and over the air download (OAD).

"ZigBee is revolutionizing the way we interact with our environment, most notably in the field of advanced metering infrastructure where the application of smart energy technology will reduce energy consumption and maximize efficiency," said Brian Blum, ZigBee product marketing manager at Texas Instruments. "Z-Stack software, in conjunction with TI's portfolio targeted specifically for AMR markets, including low-power RF, microcontrollers and 32-bit digital signal controllers, brings together all the elements customers need to quickly develop and deliver a smart energy product to market." An overview of TI's complete AMR solutions can be found at http://www.ti.com/amr.

By offering the industry's most diverse and complete ZigBee product portfolio, including transceivers, System-on-Chips and the recently released 2.4GHz range extender (CC2591), TI delivers unmatched performance, flexibility and customization so customers can differentiate their designs. TI supports its growing low-power RF portfolio with best-in-class software, tools, application knowledge and worldwide technical support to help ZigBee designers win in the marketplace.

Z-Stack software has been awarded the ZigBee Alliance golden unit status for both ZigBee and ZigBee PRO by the ZigBee test house National Technical Services, Inc. (NTS) and is used by thousands of ZigBee developers worldwide. Z-Stack software also provides support for the CC2430 System-on-Chip and CC2431, which adds a hardware-based location detection engine to enable ZigBee applications that can change behavior based on the nodes' current location.

ZigBee: wireless control that simply works

Texas Instruments is proud to be a Promoter level member of the ZigBee Alliance. The Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at http://www.zigbee.org/.

Low-power RF developer network

TI's Low-Power RF Developer Network enables customers to find a suitable partner to assist with hardware design, modules, embedded software, gateways, commissioning tools, etc. The Low-Power RF Developer Network consists of recommended companies, RF consultants and independent design houses that provide a series of hardware module products and design services (http://www.ti.com/lprfnetwork).

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/.

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