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Low Power ZigBee Smart Energy Module Targets Metering and Control

The ZMM-01 is well suited to many types of distributed control and monitoring systems, for example: wireless charging for electric vehicles, street lighting control, data centre power monitoring and building air-conditioning control.

The key to the ZMM-01's comprehensive capabilities is ByteSnap Design's expertise in combining hardware and software design to develop low power devices. The module is based on the market-leading Ember EM357; a ZigBee radio-on-a-chip which integrates a fully compliant IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless transceiver with the powerful ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller, able to run the ZigBee Smart Energy protocol and application code while still consuming just 30mA to transmit.

Closely coupled to this is the Cirrus Logic CS5467 Analogue Front End (AFE); developed specifically for energy measurement applications. The AFE incorporates on-chip functions for measuring voltage and current to calculate active, reactive and apparent power/energy with Energy Linearity: +/- 0.1% of Reading over 1000:1 Dynamic Range.

The ZMM-01 simplifies working with ZigBee Smart Energy – implementing a complete ZigBee SE smart meter now only requires the addition of a shunt resistor and current transformer (CT). The resulting device can form the heart of a meter that meets IEC EN62053-21 class 1 or 62053-23 class 2.

The ZMM-01 offers a Smart Energy solution that is ready for system integration. The ZDM-01 Development Kit complements the ZMM-01 Smart Energy module, providing a complete platform for module evaluation and code development.

Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap Design, commented: "Energy management is expected to help drive the M2M market into the mainstream over the next two years. Legislation is being implemented across Europe and other regions, creating demand for solutions in this emerging market. The ZMM-01 offers OEMs and ODMs the opportunity to accelerate their entry in to this fast-moving marketplace with a pre-certified and fully compliant turn-key solution."

About ByteSnap Design

ByteSnap Design is a specialist in innovative embedded hardware and software design. Founded in 2008, ByteSnap Design has a client list spanning the UK, Europe and US. ByteSnap Design offers a team of experienced, talented and innovative software and electronics developers, who provide an award winning blend of embedded systems services, from hardware design and engineering skills to Windows Mobile, Windows Embedded development and iPhone software development. ByteSnap Design is a Zigbee Alliance member and Windows Embedded Silver Partner.

The consultancy also has experience of electronic circuit design, electronic prototype design, designing hardware products from PDAs to smart meters with multiple software projects such as developing Windows CE BSPs to real-time video mixing applications for Windows Mobile.

About ZigBee
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards.  The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas.

SOURCE ByteSnap Design Ltd