Evaluation kit for Zigbee Light Link consumer lighting systems
May 31, 2012 // Nick Flaherty
Atmel has launched one of the first evaluation kits for the new Zigbee Light Link protocol that aims to simplify consumer lighting and control products
Light Link aims to accelerate the design of easy-to-use consumer lighting and control products that will give consumers the ability to wirelessly control their LED fixtures, light bulbs, timers, remotes and switches within their homes.
Designed to allow engineers the ability to manage multiple lighting devices on a single network, the reference design integrates Atmel’s ATmega128RFA1 wireless MCUs on a RF4CE-EK evaluation kit with ZigBee Light Link profile software stack ported onto the system. The ATmega128RFA1 offers the industry’s lowest power consumption at 12.5mA in active receive mode, combined with receiver sensitivity at -101dBm. The ZigBee Light Link reference implementation can also be used seamlessly with Atmel’s LED drivers for color-mixing, system management and advanced dimming in commercial, industrial or architectural solid-state lighting applications.
With this reference implementation, Atmel has achieved ‘golden unit’ status, making it the benchmark against which future ZigBee Certified products designed to this standard will be tested. The standard allows consumers to change lighting remotely to reflect ambiance, task or season, all while managing energy use and making their homes greener. There are a number of industry advantages, including single platform control of multiple devices, including lamps, switches, dimmers, timers and remote controls. The standard also enables the lighting control platforms to control up to 255 devices.
“The need to manage all your lighting requirements on one control panel is becoming increasingly more popular,” said Oyvind Strom, senior director of wireless solutions at Atmel. “ZigBee Light Link addresses this requirement by enabling end users to control lighting, color and dimming for improved comfort, energy savings and convenience. With Atmel’s latest ZigBee Certified products and software stacks, designers are able to develop these innovative lighting products to address the end users’ needs.”
Atmel’s ZigBee Light Link Profile (software stack) is available now free of charge at: http://www.atmel.com/tools/bitcloudprofilesuite-zigbeepropublicprofile.aspx. Pricing for the RF4CE-EK evaluation kit is US $479.
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