“ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 Hands-on”


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Join us for a two-day hands-on workshop on the hottest new wireless standard, IEEE 802.15.4, the basis for the ZigBee wireless networking standard. ZigBee and 802.15.4 promise low power consumption for low-bandwidth applications – in some cases exceeding battery shelf life! Presented from the viewpoint of a consulting embedded systems engineer, this tutorial will introduce you to the theory and networking structure of 802.15.4 and ZigBee as well as the practical integration of this network into embedded systems. You will receive your own hardware (see description below) and will program your own IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications during this workshop. This workshop is targeted for the embedded systems engineer (hardware and/or software) and managers.

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Prerequisites: knowledge of embedded systems concepts and development, including rudimentary C language coding.

Class cost: as low as $995 per student (see schedule)
Class is limited to 12 students

Topics to be covered include:

The IEEE 802.15.4 Standard – the basics

A comparison: Bluetooth vs ZigBee
What is required to create a ZigBee – certified device
What alternatives exist for low-power networking applications
An example of an 802.15.4 device with the Freescale chipset
Programming examples:
Simple MAC
Full 802.15.4 MAC
ZigBee stack
Demos of point-to-point and star topology simple networks including code
Demo of a full ZigBee network

Discussion of the physical and network layers (the RF link)

Introduction to the Freescale Codewarrior and BeeKit development tools
Modules and boards - build vs buy analysis
…And much more!


Participants will receive a TADA ZigBee development system, 30-day evaluation versions of all development software, a hardcopy of the slides presented and a CD of the code examples presented. We provide computers and all equipment!

The hardware provided consists of the Freescale 1321x Developer Starter Kit (a $349 value!!), includes 2 Sensor Reference Boards and a debug module, software and cables.

Freescale Starter Kit




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About the presenter:
Charles Lord, P.E., is a consulting engineer with over 30 years of experience in the embedded systems, RF, military, and medical device / pharmaceutical fields. He is a frequent speaker for IEEE and quality / regulatory meetings and conferences. His company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design and Automation, is based in Asheville, NC.

 ZigBee is a registered trademark of the ZigBee Alliance.  See http://www.zigbee.org/ for more information.