Comparison of 802.15.4 radio modules

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IEEE 802.15.4 Module

An 802.15.4 radio module is a small device used to communicate wirelessly with other devices according to the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol.

This table lists production ready-to-use modules only, not radio chips. A ready-to-use module is a complete system with MCU, transceiver, and antenna on a printed circuit board. While most of the modules in this list are ZigBee, ISA100.11a, or WirelessHART modules, some don't contain enough flash memory to implement a ZigBee stack and instead run plain 802.15.4 protocol, sometimes with a lighter wireless protocol on top.

Transceiver-only modules[edit]

These modules only include the RF transceiver and do not include a microprocessor. As a result the protocol stack will need to be handled by an external IC. They are lower in price than modules which contain a microprocessor and enable the integrator to choose any microprocessor. However, potentially more work is required for integrating the MCU and module.

The following table lists vendor by alphabetical order:

Manufacturer Module Transceiver Chip Antenna Sleep TX RX TX Power Sensitivity PCB Size Released Interfacing Protocol stacks
FlexiPanel Ltd EasyBee summary datasheet Texas Instruments CC2420 datasheet errata integral 18 mA 20 mA 0 dBm 26 mm x 20 mm Mar, 2008  ? ZigBee stack
Embit EMB-TRX169PA, 169 MHz
webpage
CC1120 datasheet U.FL connector <1 µA 400  mA @ +27 dBm 27 mA (full sens.) 27 dBm -122 dBm 16 mm x 26 mm 2013 UART, SPI, JTAG Wireless M-Bus stack
Microchip Technology MRF24J40MA

datasheet

MRF24J40 datasheet PCB trace 2 µA 23 mA 19 mA 0 dBm -94 dBm 17.8 mm x 27.9 mm Jun, 2008 SPI Microchip ZigBee MiWi MiWi P2P

Integrated MCU and transceiver modules[edit]

The following table lists vendor by alphabetical order:

Manufacturer Module SOC/SIP Chip MCU core RAM Flash Antenna Sleep TX RX TX Power Sensitivity PCB Size Released Interfacing Firmware options
Anaren A2530R24A Data sheet CC2530 Data sheet 32 MHz 8-bit 8051 8 kB 256 kB Printed Trace 1 µA 34 mA 25 mA 4 dBm -90 dBm 11 mm x 19 mm July, 2012 UART, SPI AIR-ZNP, based on TI Z-Stack
A2530R24C Data sheet U.FL connector
A2530E24A Data sheet Printed Trace 130 mA 28 mA 15 dBm -95 dBm
A2530E24C Data sheet U.FL connector 106 mA 28 mA 13 dBm -95 dBm
Atmel ZigBit 2.4 GHz (ATZB-24-B0) datasheet AT86RF230 datasheet 8-bit ATmega 1281v 8 kB 128 kB RF output < 6 µA 18 mA 19 mA -17 dBm to 3 dBm -101 dBm 18.8 mm x 13.5 mm x 2.0 mm 2009 UART, USART, SPI, I²C, JTAG BitCloud - ZigBee PRO, Wireless MCU Software, BitCloud stack, SerialNet, OpenMAC
ZigBit 2.4 GHz (ATZB-24-A2) datasheet balanced dual chip antenna 24 mm x 13.5 mm x 2.0 mm
ZigBit 2.4 GHz Amplified (ATZB-A24-U0) datasheet RF output 50 mA 23 mA Up to 20 dBm -104 dBm 38 mm x 13.5 mm x 2.0 mm
ZigBit 2.4 GHz Amplified (ATZB-A24-UFL) datasheet U.FL connector
ZigBit 700/800/900 MHz (ATZB-900-B0) datasheet AT86RF212 datasheet RF output 26 mA 11 mA Up to 11 dBm -110 dBm 24 mm x 13.5 mm x 2.8 mm
California Eastern Laboratories ZICM357SP2 datasheet brochure EM357 datasheet brochure 32 bit, ARM Cortex-M3 12 kB 192 kB PCB Trace Antenna or RF Port for External Antenna 1 uA 58 mA 34 mA 20 dBm -103 dBm 23.9 mm x 16.6 mm Apr, 2012 UART, SPI, TWI ZigBee PRO stack: EmberZNet PRO
ZICM357SP0 datasheet brochure EM357 datasheet brochure 32 bit, ARM Cortex-M3 12 kB 192 kB PCB Trace Antenna or RF Port for External Antenna 1 uA 31 mA 30 mA 8 dBm -100 dBm 23.9 mm x 16.6 mm Apr, 2012 UART, SPI, TWI ZigBee PRO stack: EmberZNet PRO
ZICM3588SP0 data sheet SiLabs EM3588 brochure 32 bit, ARM Cortex-M3 64 kB 512 kB PCB Trace Antenna or U.FL connector 2.4 µA 44 mA 30 mA 8 dBm -100 dBm 23.9 mm x 16.6 mm Mar, 2014 UART, SPI, I²S CEL ZigBee Stack Synapse SNAP Stack
Digi International Series 1 XBee manual Freescale MC13193[1] datasheet 8-bit 689S08A HCS08 4 kB 60 kB integrated Whip, chip or U.FL connector, RPSMA connector 10 µA, 50 µA 45 mA 50 mA 0 dBm -92 dBm 24.38 mm x 27.61 mm Dec, 2006 UART ZigBee stack, DigiMesh network protocol
Series 1 XBee-PRO manual 250 mA, 340 mA, 180 mA 55 mA 18 dBm, 10 dBm -100 dBm 24.38 mm x 32.94 mm
Series 2 XBee ZB manual Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM250 factsheet datasheet 16-bit 12 MHz RISC 5 kB 128 kB 1 µA 40 mA, 35 mA 40 mA, 38 mA 3 dBm, 1 dBm -96 dBm, -95 dBm 24.38 mm x 27.61 mm Apr, 2008 Ember ZNet
Series 2 XBee-PRO ZB manual 10 µA 295 mA, 170 mA 45 mA 17 dBm, 10 dBm -102 dBm 24.38 mm x 32.94 mm
Dresden elektronik deRFmega128-22M00 2.4 GHz
datasheet
ATmega128RFA1
datasheet
8-bit ATmega 16 kB 128 kB Chip ceramic antenna < 1 µA 18 mA 18 mA +3 dBm -98 dBm 23.6 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm 2012 JTAG, UART, I²C, ADC, SPI, GPIO MAC stack

ZigBee (BitCloud)

6LoWPAN

Atmel
deRFmega128-22M10 2.4 GHz
datasheet
RF pads 19.0 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm
deRFmega128-22M12 2.4 GHz
datasheet
198 mA 22 mA +22 dBm -105 dBm 21.5 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm
deRFmega256-23M00 2.4 GHz
datasheet
ATmega256RFR2
datasheet
8-bit ATmega 32 kB 256 kB Chip ceramic antenna < 1 µA 19 mA 11 mA +3.5 dBm -98 dBm 23.6 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm 2013 JTAG, UART, I²C, ADC, SPI, GPIO
deRFmega256-23M10 2.4 GHz
datasheet
RF pads 19.0 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm
deRFmega256-23M12 2.4 GHz
datasheet
233 mA 17 mA 23 dBm -104 dBm 21.5 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm
deRFsam3-23M10-2 2.4 GHz
datasheet
ATSAM3S4A
datasheet

AT86RF232
datasheet
32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 48 kB 256 kB RF pads < 6 µA 45 mA 41 mA +3 dBm -100 dBm 21.5 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm JTAG, UART, I²C, ADC, SPI, GPIO, USB
deRFsam3-13M10 868, 915 MHz
datasheet
ATSAM3S4A
datasheet

AT86RF212
datasheet
50 mA 37 mA +5 or +10 dBm -110 dBm 21.5 mm x 13.2 mm x 3.0 mm JTAG, UART, I²C, ADC, SPI, GPIO, USB
deRFusb-23E00 2.4 GHz
deRFusb-23E06 2.4 GHz
datasheet
ATSAM3S4B
datasheet

AT86RF231
datasheet
32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 48 kB 256 kB Chip ceramic antenna 32 mA 51 mA 45 mA +3 dBm -97 dBm 71.0 mm x 23.0 mm x 8.7 mm 2012 USB, optional: JTAG, Debug
deRFusb-23E00 JTAG 2.4 GHz
deRFusb-23E06 JTAG 2.4 GHz
datasheet
63.5 mm x 19.0 mm x 9.5 mm USB, JTAG, Debug
deRFusb-13E00 868, 915 MHz
deRFusb-13E06 868, 915 MHz
datasheet
ATSAM3S4B
datasheet

AT86RF212
datasheet
+9 dBm -106 dBm 71.0 mm x 23.0 mm x 8.7 mm USB, optional: JTAG, Debug
deRFusb-13E00 JTAG 868, 915 MHz
deRFusb-13E06 JTAG 868, 915 MHz
datasheet
63.5 mm x 19.0 mm x 9.5 mm USB, JTAG, Debug
Embit EMB-WMB169PA, 169 MHz
webpage datasheet brochure
MSP430F534x
datasheet
16 bit MSP430 10 kB / 8 kB / 6 kB 128 kB / 96 kB / 64 kB RF Pads, U.FL Connector <2 uA 57 mA@ +15dBm 27 mA (full sens.) up to 30 dBm -122 dBm 29 mm x 22 mm 2012 UART, SPI, JTAG Wireless M-Bus stack
EMB-WMB868, 868 MHz
webpage datasheet brochure
MSP430F534x
datasheet
16 bit MSP430 10 kB / 8 kB / 6 kB 128 kB / 96 kB / 64 kB RF Pads, U.FL Connector <2 uA 57 mA@ +15dBm 27 mA (full sens.) 15 dBm -122 dBm 29 mm x 22 mm 2012 UART, SPI, JTAG Wireless M-Bus stack
EMB-Z2530PA, 2.4 GHz
webpage datasheet brochure
CC2530
datasheet
8 bit 8051 8 kB 256 kB PCB Antenna, U.FL Connector, Wire Antenna opt <1.1 uA 135 mA@ +20dBm 28 mA 20 dBm -100 dBm 29 mm x 22 mm 2011 UART, SPI, JTAG TIMAC (IEEE 802.15.4), ZStack (ZigBee)
EMB-ZRF212B, 868 MHz, 915 MHz
webpage datasheet brochure
ATxmega128D3
datasheet
8/16 bit AVR XMEGA 8 kB 128 kB Ceramic Antenna, U.FL Connector, RF pads 1.3 uA 17 mA@ +5dBm 10 mA 10 dBm -110 dBm 29 mm x 22 mm 2013 UART, SPI, JTAG Atmel Lightweight Mesh, Atmel MAC (IEEE 802.15.4), Atmel BitCloud (ZigBee PRO)
EMB-ZRF231PA, 2.4 GHz
webpage datasheet brochure
ATxmega256A3U
datasheet
8/16 bit AVR XMEGA 16 kB 256 kB PCB Antenna, U.FL Connector, RF pads <1.1 uA 132 mA@ +20dBm 24 mA 20 dBm -105 dBm 29 mm x 22 mm 2011 UART, SPI, JTAG Atmel Lightweight Mesh, Atmel MAC (IEEE 802.15.4), Atmel BitCloud (ZigBee PRO)
NXP JN5168-001-M00 Data sheet JN5168 Data sheet 32 MHz 32-bit RISC 32 kB 256 kB on board 0.15 µA 15 mA 17 mA 2.5 dBm -95 dBm 16 mm x 30 mm 2013 UART, SPI JenNet stack ZigBee stack
JN5168-001-M03 Data sheet U.FL connector
JN5168-001-M05 Data sheet U.FL connector 35 mA 22 mA 9.5 dBm -96 dBm 16 mm x30 mm
JN5168-001-M06 Data sheet U.FL connector 175 mA 22 mA 22 dBm -100 dBm
Nivis, LLC. VersaNode 210 datasheet MC13224V datasheet 32-bit ARM7 96 kB 128 kB MMCX Connector 15 µA 60 mA 21 mA 10 dBm -98 dBm 20 mm x 25 mm 2009 UART, SPI Nivis ISA100.11a
VersaNode 220 datasheet 2010 Nivis WirelessHART
Panasonic PAN4555 datasheet MC1321x datasheet 8-bit MC9S08GT HC08 4 kB 60 kB RF out or ceramic antenna 0.25 µA, 1.9 µA, 36 µA, 1.6 mA 36.5 mA 37 mA -4 dBm, 0 dBm -92 dBm 12.2 mm x 16.4 mm x 2.2 mm 2008 UART, SPI Freescale Beestack
PAN4561 brochure MC13213 datasheet SMD RF out, ceramic antenna or U.FL 1.6 mA, 50 µA, 16 µA, 2 µA 202 mA 45 mA 20 dBm -105 dBm 35 mm x 15 mm Jan, 2009 UART, I²C
PAN4570 datasheet Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM250 factsheet datasheet 16-bit 12 MHz RISC 5 kB 128 kB 1 µA, 1.5 µA 35.5 mA, 41.5 mA, 28 mA 35.5 mA, 37.5 mA 3 dBm, 5 dBm, -32 dBm -97 dBm 26.5 mm x 20 mm x 2.8 mm 2006 UART, SPI, I²C Ember ZNet Stack
Radiocrafts RC2200

datasheet

Texas Instruments CC2420 datasheet errata 8-bit ATmega128 4 kB 128 kB integrated, MMCX connector or RF on pin connector 23 µA, 1.3 µA 27 mA 30 mA 0 dBm -94 dBm 16.5 mm x 29.2 mm x 3.5 mm 2008 UART, SPI, JTAG, ISP Texas Instruments Z-stack or any third-party ZigBee stack
RC2201

datasheet

8 kB 1.3 µA
RC2202

datasheet

2 kB 32 kB 23 mA 26 mA
RC2204

datasheet

4 kB 64 kB 23 µA, 1.3 µA 27 mA 30 mA
RC2201HP datasheet 8-bit ATmega1281 8 kB 128 kB integrated or RF-on-pin connector 40 µA, 2 µA 140 mA 28 mA 17 dBm -92 dBm 16.5 mm x 35.6 mm x 3.5 mm Jan 2008
RC2300 datasheet Texas Instruments CC2430 (CC2431 for location engine option)

datasheet errata

8-bit 8051 300 µA, 0.9 µA, 0.6 µA 27 mA 27 mA 0 dBm 12.7 mm x 25.4 mm x 2.5 mm Jul 2008 UART, SPI, proprietary serial debugging interface
RC2301 datasheet
RC2302 datasheet 32 kB
RC2304 datasheet 64 kB
RF Monolithics ZMN2405 datasheet Texas Instruments CC2430 datasheet errata 8-bit 8051 8 kB 128 kB RFIO pad 3 µA 28 mA 27 mA 0 dBm -92 dBm 30.5 mm x 21.2 mm 2008 UART, SPI, ZigBee stack, RFM’s CSM standard module application profile
ZMN2430 datasheet 25 mm x 20.3 mm
ZMN2430A datasheet built-in -2 dBm -90 dBm 25 mm x 26.9 mm
ZMN2405HP datasheet RFIO pad 130 mA 33 mA 17 dBm -95 dBm 40.6 mm x 21.2 mm
ZMN2405HPA datasheet built-in 15 dBm 47 mm x 21.2 mm
ZMN2430HP datasheet RFIO pad 17 dBm 30.48 mm x 25 mm
ZMN2430HPA datasheet built-in 15 dBm 36.83 mm x 25 mm
Radios, Inc. MXR-EM20 datasheet Ember 2420 datasheet 8-bit ATmega128L 4 kB 128 kB RF on pin 20 µA 17.4 mA 19.7 mA 0 dBm -94 dBm 25.4 mm x 18.4 mm Oct, 2005 SPI ZigBee stack
FlexiPanel Ltd Pixie summary datasheet Texas Instruments CC2420 datasheet errata PIC18LF4620 4 kB 64 kB integral 2 µA 25 mA 0 dBm Mar, 2008 UART, SPI Microchip ZigBee
Pixie Lite summary datasheet PIC18LF2520 1.5 kB 32 kB
Telegesis Ltd ETRX2 brochure datasheet Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM250 factsheet datasheet 16-bit 12 MHz RISC 5 kB 128 kB integrated, U.FL connector or 50Ω pad 1 µA, 1.5 µA 35.5 mA, 41.5 mA, 28 mA 35.5 mA, 37.5 mA 3 dBm, 5 dBm −94 dBm, −95 dBm, −98 dBm, −99 dBm 37.75 mm x 20.45 mm 2008 SIF, UART, I²C, SPI Ember ZNet Stack
ETRX2-PA brochure datasheet 0.8 µA, 1.5 µA, 3 µA, 3.5 µA 56 mA, 63 mA, 106 mA, 120 mA, 121 mA 37 mA 0 dBm, 10 dBm, 18.5 dBm, 17.5 dBm −92 dBm, −93 dBm, −96 dBm, −97 dBm 37.75 mm x 20.5 mm 2009
ETRX2USB brochure datasheet integrated 32 mA, 27 mA, 26 mA 55 mA, 62 mA 62 mA 3 dBm, 18 dBm 2008 SIF
ETRX351 brochure datasheet Silicon Labs (former Ember) EM351 factsheetdatasheet 32-bit ARM Cortex -M3 Processor 12 kB 128 kB Integrated chip antenna or U.FL coaxial connector <1 µA 31 mA 22 mA 8 dBm −102 dBm 25 mm x 19 mm 2011
ETRX357 brochure datasheet Silicon Labs (former Ember) EM357 factsheetdatasheet 192 kB
Sena Technologies ProBee-ZE10 Product Brief datasheet Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM250 factsheetdatasheet 16-bit 12 MHz RISC 5 kB 128 kB Integrated chip, U.FL connector, RPSMA Connector ≤ 2 µA 190 mA 45 mA 20 dBm -102 dBm 51.7 mm x 23.0 mm x 11.15 mm 2010 Oct UART Ember ZNet Stack
ProBee-ZE20S DIP/SMD Product Brief datasheet Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM357 factsheetdatasheet 32-bit ARM Cortex -M3 Processor 12 kB 192 kB Integrated chip,U.FL connector,RPSMA Connector < 1 µA 33 mA 28 mA 8 dBm -100 dBm/Max.-102 dBm SMD Size: 31.6 mm X 18.6 mm, DIP Size 32.8 mm X 21.0 mm 2011 Oct
MMB Research Z357PA10 datasheet Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM357 Overviewdatasheet 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 12 kB 192 kB on-chip, 512 kB on-board U.FL, on-board chip ceramic 0.65 µA 205 mA at 20 dBm TX power 28 mA 20 dBm max., software programmable ~ -100 dBm 34.73 mm x 28.43 mm x 4.45 mm UART and SPI Ember's (now Silicon Labs') EmberZNetPRO with MMB's RapidSE (for Smart Energy) or RapidHA (for Home Automation) software

List of ZigBee company acquisitions[edit]

  • 2012, Jul - Murata acquires RF
  • 2012, May - Silicon Labs acquires Ember
  • 2011, Dec - Linear technology acquires Dust Networks
  • 2010, Jul - NXP acquires Jennic
  • 2009, Feb - Atmel acquires Meshnetics
  • 2008, Nov - Telit acquires One RF technology
  • 2007, Aug - Texas Instruments acquires Integrated Circuit Designs
  • 2006, Jan - Texas Instruments acquires Chipcon (intention announced 2005-10 but deal completed 2006-01-24)
  • 2005, Jan - Chipcon acquires Figure 8

Other companies manufacturing 802.15.4 ready-to-use modules[edit]

The following is a list of companies producing modules yet to be added to the table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XBee/XBee‐PRO Code Development". Digi. Retrieved 15 November 2011.