RF Monolithics (RFM), a leader in Machine to Machine (M2M) wireless communication technology, introduced the ZPM3570 2.4 GHz ZigBee Pro transceiver module. Its small size, 1MB data logging flash memory, and ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Automation Profiles support, makes the ZPM3570 ideal for enabling smart homes that can control electrical appliances, lighting, environment, energy management and home security. According to the ZigBee Alliance, “Smarter homes allow consumers to save money, be more environmentally aware, feel more secure and enjoy a variety of conveniences that make homes easier and less expensive to maintain.”

ZigBee has earned a strong leadership role in the worldwide movement toward smart electrical grids. Numerous utilities and energy service providers are deploying ZigBee solutions because ZigBee meets their needs and gives them an inherently green, reliable, secure and easy-to-use standard, ZigBee Smart Energy. Only ZigBee offers ZigBee Smart Energy, the world’s preferred wireless smart metering standard for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) home area networks (HAN).

Tim Cutler – Director of M2M Business stated, “As a long time member of the ZigBee Alliance who has seen the standard grow and mature, RFM is excited to bring to market the latest in our line of ZigBee modules. The combination of its tiny size, on-board 1MB flash for data logging, and easy-to-integrate API, make the ZPM3570 the ideal choice for designers looking to add Smart Energy ZigBee functionality to their products.”

Quickly implementing zigbee wireless products that provide vendor-interoperable Smart Energy and Home Automation is achieved through an intuitive API that simplifies connectivity of the ZPM3570 zigbee transceiver to an application processor. OEMs wishing to implement their own application in addition to the ZigBee stack can take advantage of the on-board 32-bit M3 Coretex ARM processor. This can eliminate the additional cost and complexity of a separate application co-processor.

The ZPM3570 zigbee transceiver incorporates Ember’s EM357 ZigBee RFIC and is coupled with a power amplifier, plus low noise amplifier that increases the RF transmit power and receive sensitivity. The ZPM3570 zigbee transceiver provides a 250 kb/s RF data rate with +20dBm (100mW) RF power coupled with a receive sensitivity of -103dBm to provide exceptional range and performance all in an FCC, IC and ETSI certified module. The on-module antenna keeps device costs low by eliminating the cost of a separate antenna. RFM also offers the ZPM3570DK development kit, and ZPM3570 samples are available to qualified customers.