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(Hive Addict)
10-20-04 01:32
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      Crossbow's ZigBee-Ready, Smart Dust MICAz Mote     

Crossbow's ZigBee-Ready, Smart Dust MICAz Mote Receives FCC Certification

Certification Gives Crossbow Another Significant Edge Over Its Competitors

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 13, 2004 – Crossbow Technology, Inc. (, the leading end-to-end solutions
supplier in wireless sensor networks and the largest manufacturer of Smart Dust wireless sensors, announced today
that its latest Mote, the MICAz™, has received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
"The FCC certification of the MICAz is very significant," Crossbow President and CEO Mike Horton said. "It eases
any regulatory issues as the Smart Dust technologies continue to evolve. It also gives our customers a guaranteed
path to production for 802.15.4/ZigBee radio technology. This certification gives Crossbow yet another significant
edge over our competitors.”

High Demand for Smart Dust Sensors

Demand for wireless sensor networking in the industrial sector has increased by more than 30 percent this year,
largely due to the increased reliability and scalability of mesh networking, according to a report issued by research
firm ON World, Inc. With thousands of nodes per network to be commonplace within five years, ON World forecasts
168 million nodes to be deployed by 2010.
Crossbow boasts a long list of technology firsts and patents, and has the largest installed base of commercial
customers running large-scale wireless sensor networks in the industry, also known as "Smart Dust." The FCC
certification of the MICAz reinforces and extends Crossbow's market leadership in the rapidly growing indoor and high data rate wireless sensor networking arena. The MICAz is the first Mote to deliver low power, true mesh
networking support for these applications that typically also require high levels of security for data transmission
along with programmable power configuration for optimizing battery life.
The MICAz is a 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, Mote module used for enabling low-power, wireless sensor
networks. It enables higher bandwidth wireless sensor networking applications and is optimized for even harsh
indoor environments that require high data rate transmissions. For more information about the MICAz, please visit

Based on Open Standards

Unlike its competitors, Crossbow's wireless sensor mesh networking platform is based on open standards. Operating
on the TinyOS open source operating system, the platform supports fully modular interoperability and migration to
any emerging radio, protocol and transmission standards. For example, the 2.4 GHz MICAz is 802.15.4 and ISM
band compliant and can easily support ZigBee standard protocols.
MICAz is the latest in a rapidly expanding family of Crossbow motes tailored to support specific application
requirements. It is plug-and-play with all of Crossbow's sensor and data acquisition boards, gateways and software.

ZigBee Member

Crossbow is a member of the ZigBee Alliance, a rapidly growing, non-profit association of companies working
together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based
on an open global standard. ZigBee is the only standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of
low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks for remote monitoring, home control, and building automation
network applications in the industrial and consumer markets.
ZigBee Alliance members are defining a global specification for reliable, cost-effective, low power wireless
applications based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. The alliance consists of leading semiconductor manufacturers,
technology providers, OEMs and end-users worldwide. Additional information can be found at

About Crossbow Technology

Founded in 1995, Crossbow Technology, Inc. is the leading end-to-end solutions supplier in wireless sensor networks
and the largest manufacturer of Smart Dust wireless sensors. Crossbow has for years been at the forefront of creating and deploying smaller, smarter, wireless sensing devices and mesh networking platforms for large-scale defense, environmental, agricultural, industrial monitoring and control, building automation, security and asset tracking applications. Crossbow's open architecture, TinyOS-based platform enables highly intelligent multi-sensing devices to dynamically and reliably self-organize to efficiently capture and send detailed physical data anywhere, anytime. Crossbow is also a leading supplier of inertial sensor systems for aviation, land and marine applications and other instrumentation sensors. The company has shipped more than 500,000 of its Smart Dust and other advanced sensors to more than 1,000 customers, including select Fortune 100 and other leading industrial, defense, technology, civil engineering and manufacturing companies. Named one of the Top 25 Companies to Watch in 2003 by
Semiconductor Innovation Letter, the company's strategic partners include Intel Corporation.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Crossbow has distributors in 24 countries worldwide. The company received its ISO 9001/2000 Certification in May 2002, its FAA Certification for the AHRS500GA in January 2003 and its FCC Certification for the MICAz in October 2004. Contact Crossbow at +1-408-965-3300, e-mail or
visit Crossbow on the Web at

I'm copying this to table from an article in EETimes(Electronic Engineering Times Magazine) Issue 1342 October 11, 2004
Article to follow in next post

Application Focus Zigbee

Monitoring and


Web, video,

WAN, voice/
Battery life(days) 100 to 1000+ 1 to 7 0.1 to 5 1 to 7
Nodes per network 255/65k+ 7 30 1000
Bandwith(kbits/s) 20 to 250 720 11,000 64 to 128
Range(meters) 1 to 75+ 1 to 10+ 1 to 100 1,000+
Key attributes Reliable, low
power, cost

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(Hive Addict)
10-20-04 02:42
No 536720
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      Zeitgeist turning toward Zigbee By David ...     

Zeitgeist turning toward Zigbee
By David Lammers , EE Times
October 08, 2004 (1:56 PM EDT)
Austin, Texas — Designers are taking a hard look at Zigbee, the low-data-rate wireless-networking specification, and are implementing the technology in designs currently being prepared for market. Their curiosity was evident at two events last week, held as the Zigbee Alliance was finalizing version 1.0 of the spec, which it expects to publish this month.

Long lines formed at the sessions devoted to Zigbee that were held at Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s inaugural Embedded Connectivity Summit here. At the same time, engineers converged on Short-Range Wireless 2004, a "Zigfest" in Denver, where designers tested the interoperability of the Zigbee radio, control silicon, software stack and gateways.

About 270 of the 500 engineers attending Freescale's event lined up for eight Zigbee technical sessions, forcing staffers to duplicate several of them, said Paul Grimme, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's transportation and standard-products group. Many were seeking an introductory look at what Zigbee has to offer, Grimme said.

Publication of the Zigbee Alliance spec will allow companies to begin branding products with the Zigbee logo for sales beginning early next year. "We are seeing an incredible increase in interest in the technology," said Bob Heile, chairman of the alliance. "Member companies are already developing products based on Zigbee technology."

The alliance is also continuing an "aggressive testing program" to see that Zigbee-based products "meet the requirements of low-cost, low-power monitoring, sensing and control applications," Heile said.

Zigbee takes its place on a hierarchy of wireless communications standards, supporting data rates of only 20 to 250 kbits/second. Where Zigbee shines compared with Bluetooth is in power consumption: Levels are so low that the Zigbee modules — which may turn on only briefly several times a day — are expected to operate for five to 10 years with one or two AA batteries. In addition, Zigbee has security features, needed for industrial applications, that set it apart from the Wi-Fi wireless-LAN standard.

Many of those attending Freescale's meetings last week were seeking to gain an initial familiarity with the Zigbee technology, which couples extremely stingy power consumption with data rates fast enough for industrial control, home security, commercial and residential lighting control, remote-control units and other wireless-networking applications.

Freescale, for example, began offering its RF solution — which meets the IEEE 801.15.4 radio standard ratified in May 2003 — 18 months ago. The company offers design tools from its Metrowerks subsidiary as well, Grimme said.

Jon Adams, director of radio technology and strategy at Freescale's facility in Tempe, Ariz., said many companies have been designing products on the fly as the Zigbee specifications have been developed over the past two years. The Zigbee Alliance took the IEEE standard and aimed higher, at a goal of ensuring drop-dead-simple interoperability, said Adams, who chairs the Zigbee Alliance committee on interoperability testing.

Companies such as Philips Lighting are likely to come out with Zigbee-certified commercial lighting systems that would incorporate sensors to detect the levels of ambient light in a hotel or office building, and then turn down lights or turn off unnecessary ones via a Zigbee network, he said. Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is expected to offer an industrial monitoring system that would keep track of millions of Mitsubishi Group-owned shipping containers. Honeywell Corp., another early backer, is also working on industrial control solutions.

"Zigbee makes it possible to do things in monitoring and telematics that have not been practical with other wireless technologies," said analyst Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts Co. (Tempe). Instead of rewiring a building, Zigbee makes it possible to monitor security and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems wirelessly at far lower costs, he added. And the economics seem solid: An HVAC or lighting system enhanced with a Zigbee-connected sensor can deliver huge savings in energy costs.

Philips Laboratories came up with the basic ideas behind Zigbee early in the 1990s, and Motorola Inc.'s corporate lab quickly collaborated with the Philips engineers. Now more than 90 companies, including many Zigbee-specific startups, belong to the Zigbee Alliance, and silicon is expected from both fabless and integrated-device manufacturers this quarter, the alliance said.

Daniel Hoste, vice president and general manager of Freescale's 8-bit and 16-bit microcontroller operations, said Freescale now offers the RF silicon in tandem with various controllers. An 8-bitter with 16 kbits of flash memory and the Zigbee RF component sells for about $5 in 10,000-unit volumes. For the RF part and a controller with 60 kbits of flash, which is large enough to hold the entire Zigbee software stack, the price goes up to $7 currently.

Hoste said he expects that it will take about two years before Zigbee solutions are selling in very large volumes, at perhaps $2 to $3. Freescale will stack its controller with the RF silicon in a system-in-package late next year, and by 2006 will have a single-chip Zigbee solution on the market, the company said.

Peter Schulmeyer, a strategist with Freescale's transportation and standard-products group, said the Zigbee specification supports mesh networks that will be much less expensive to implement than centrally controlled networks.


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(Stoni's sexual toy)
10-20-04 13:37
No 536790
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BUSH/CHENEY 2004! After all, it ain't my country!
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10-20-04 15:52
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If anyone is too stupid to realize the significance of the deployment of these newer technologies and the impact they will have on the common everyday use of the internet, the law, and their everyday life, far be it from me to explain it all!
I am merely posting and reporting on the newer developements for those of you that feel they don't need to track, or care to enlightened themselves to avenues of concern as it relates to anonymity and privacy issues!
You seem to forget Os, that I have fallen victim to unexplained events, out of the ordinary, and this forces me to exhaust every avenue of likely possibilities in an effort to unravel the mysteries behind the "How's and Why's" of such intrusions.
It's nice to finally be able to detect and determine the vulnerable areas and associate those with the physical/technological aspect that made all that possible!
You'll see the dates on the last two threads I made to this forum!
This is groundbreaking developement coming into existance after years of testing and developement across the board to bring a control over the data and how it's transmitted and recieved!
And worse, if you've ever been in positions I've placed myself in. "WHO KNOWS WHAT?"
These deployments will have a greater significance than you will ever have imagined!
I know if someone else, with an ounce of concern, had the abilility to see the areas that are the biggest threats to information sharing, and they didn't share the news, I'd have little regard for them as a human being, let alone, someone I would consider a friend!
Just reporting the news is all!
It's your attitude and line of reasoning Osmium that will one day bite you on the ass when you least expect it!
And it seems to be a common theme around here until people leave their sheltered realm of possibilities long enough to look around and connect the dots!
For most it will be too late I fear!
Don't blame me!
Take that for what it's worth or delete this thread!

If the shoethrows fits...Ware Itout
(Stoni's sexual toy)
10-20-04 17:35
No 536818
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      COuld you be a little bit more specific?     

COuld you be a little bit more specific? How does that technology affect you?

BUSH/CHENEY 2004! After all, it ain't my country!

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