WAYNE, N.J. A few weeks after announcing a module pact with NEC, Chipcon is sending an IC to market that combines a ZigBee RF front-end, memory, and a microcontroller in a single package.
The CC2430 system-on-a-chip (SoC) implements the radio architecture housed in the CC2420 device, a ZigBee-ready transceiver previously released by Chipcon. The SoC also packs in an 8051 microcontroller, 128 kbyte of flash memory, and 8 kbyte of RAM.
In addition to the above capabilities, the CC2420 comes equipped with an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), several timers, an AES-128 co-processor, a watchdog timer, a sleep-mode timer with 32 kHz crystal oscillator, and 21 programmable I/O pins. The chip is developed in a 0.18-micron CMOS process, dissipates 27-mA power during operation, and is delivered in a 7 x 7-mm QLP 48 package.
CC2420 development kits and samples will be available in the second quarter of 2005. Chipcon expects pricing to be less than $4 in quantities of 1 million.