Austin, Tex. Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease development of ZigBee applications with the launching of its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
BeeKit includes Freescale’s BeeStack, a compliant ZigBee protocol stack, and developer configuration tool that supports all of Freescale’s ZigBee-compliant platforms based on the HCS08 microcontroller. The code base includes the BeeStack, pre-configured ZigBee application samples and templates.
“Freescale has acquired an extensive amount of ZigBee stack experience from our customers and partners over the last several years,” said Brett Black, commercial wireless operations manager for Freescale. “This experience has allowed us to build a comprehensive networking stack from the ground up, which optimizes performance and ease of use.”
Freescale’s BeeStack will be fully compliant with the ZigBee Alliance’s next generation home control protocol stack that includes the Home Automation profile. Other planned updates include support for 802.15.4 MAC, 802.15.4 based applications and Simple MAC (SMAC) based applications.
“As a key promoter of the ZigBee Alliance, Freescale continues to push the envelope and offer compelling solutions to its customers,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “BeeKit will enable customers to quickly develop and deploy ZigBee solutions.”
Once developers have completed the configuration of their wireless solution, BeeKit allows them to export to Freescale’s CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for use in the building and debugging of their application. BeeKit will be available in the third quarter of 2006. Pricing for both the kit and stack is estimated to start at $995 per seat.
Freescale is providing training on BeeKit at the ZigBee Developers Conference co-located with Sensors Expo in Rosemont, Ill., June 5-8 and at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Fla., July 24-27. For more information, visit www.freescale.com/zigbee.
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