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 certified modules only, not radio chips. A ready-to-use module is a complete system with a transceiver, and optionally an MCU and antenna on a printed circuit board. While most of the modules in this list are ZigBee, Thread, 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 × 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 × 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 × 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 × 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 × 13.5 mm × 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 × 13.5 mm × 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 × 13.5 mm × 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 × 13.5 mm × 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 µA 58 mA 34 mA 20 dBm –103 dBm 23.9 mm × 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 µA 31 mA 30 mA 8 dBm –100 dBm 23.9 mm × 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 × 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 × 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 × 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 × 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 × 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 × 13.2 mm × 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 × 13.2 mm × 3.0 mm
deRFmega128-22M12 2.4 GHz
datasheet
198 mA 22 mA +22 dBm –105 dBm 21.5 mm × 13.2 mm × 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 × 13.2 mm × 3.0 mm 2013 JTAG, UART,
I²C,
ADC,
SPI,
GPIO
deRFmega256-23M10 2.4 GHz
datasheet
RF pads 19.0 mm × 13.2 mm × 3.0 mm
deRFmega256-23M12 2.4 GHz
datasheet
233 mA 17 mA 23 dBm –104 dBm 21.5 mm × 13.2 mm × 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 × 13.2 mm × 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 × 13.2 mm × 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 × 23.0 mm × 8.7 mm 2012 USB, optional: JTAG, Debug
deRFusb-23E00 JTAG 2.4 GHz
deRFusb-23E06 JTAG 2.4 GHz
datasheet
63.5 mm × 19.0 mm × 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 × 23.0 mm × 8.7 mm USB, optional: JTAG, Debug
deRFusb-13E00 JTAG 868, 915 MHz
deRFusb-13E06 JTAG 868, 915 MHz
datasheet
63.5 mm × 19.0 mm × 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 µA 57 mA@
+15dBm
27 mA (full sens.) up to
30 dBm
-122 dBm 29 mm × 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 µA 57 mA@ +15dBm 27 mA (full sens.) 15 dBm -122 dBm 29 mm × 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 µA 135 mA@ +20dBm 28 mA 20 dBm -100 dBm 29 mm × 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 µA 17 mA@ +5dBm 10 mA 10 dBm –110 dBm 29 mm × 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 µA 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)
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
Kirale
Technologies
KTWM102-11
webpage
Microchip ATSAMR21E19A
webpage
32-bit
ARM Cortex
-M0+
32 kB 256 kB
+
512 kB
on-board chip 5 µA 17 mA 19 mA 4 dBm -104 dBm 16.6 mm × 11.4 mm × 2.2 mm 2018 UART,
USB,
JTAG
KiNOS Thread
Certified Stack

Atmel
KTWM102-21
webpage
W.FL connector
MMB
Networks
Z357PA40
datasheet
Ember (now Silicon Labs) EM357
Overview
datasheet
32-bit
ARM Cortex
M3
12 kB 192 kB on-chip, 512 kB on-board U.FL, on-board chip ceramic 0.65 µA 175 mA at 20 dBm TX power 32 mA 20 dBm max.,
software programmable
-106 dBm 34.2 mm × 15 mm × 2.88 mm 2015 UART and
SPI
Ember's (now Silicon Labs')
EmberZNetPRO with MMB's
RapidConnect family of firmware
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 × 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
Control Data Systems 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 × 25 mm 2009 UART,
SPI
Control Data Systems ISA100.11a
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 × 16.4 mm × 2.2 mm 2008 UART,
SPI
Freescale Beestack
Synapse SNAP Stack
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 × 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 × 20 mm × 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 × 29.2 mm × 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 × 35.6 mm × 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 × 25.4 mm × 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 × 21.2 mm 2008 UART,
SPI,
ZigBee stack, RFM's CSM standard module application profile
ZMN2430
datasheet
25 mm × 20.3 mm
ZMN2430A
datasheet
built-in –2 dBm –90 dBm 25 mm × 26.9 mm
ZMN2405HP
datasheet
RFIO pad 130 mA 33 mA 17 dBm -95 dBm 40.6 mm × 21.2 mm
ZMN2405HPA
datasheet
built-in 15 dBm 47 mm × 21.2 mm
ZMN2430HP
datasheet
RFIO pad 17 dBm 30.48 mm × 25 mm
ZMN2430HPA
datasheet
built-in 15 dBm 36.83 mm × 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 × 18.4 mm Oct
2005
SPI ZigBee stack
Synapse SM220UF1
datasheet
ATmega128RFA1
datasheet
8-bit
ATmega
16 kB 128 kB PCB Antenna and U.FL connector 0.4 µA 20 dBm: 150 mA

6 dBm: 55 mA

22 mA 20 dBm –103 dBm 29.8mm × 19mm 2013 UART,
SPI,
I²C
Synapse SNAP Stack
Talon Communications Oasis
summary
datasheet
NXP
(formerly Freescale) KW22D512V
datasheet
Cortex-M4 64 kB 512 kB U.FL, MMCX or edge connect to external trace PIFA 4uA 111 mA 24 mA 20 dBm -108 dBm 25mm × 20mm × 2.7mm Feb
2015
JTAG,
UART,
I²C,
ADC,
SPI,
GPIO,
PWM,
USB
ZigBee PRO

Thread
SMAC

Sierra mangOH IoT
datasheet
RP-SMA, Chip 45mm × 22.3mm × 2.7mm May 2016 JTAG,
UART,
SPI,
GPIO,
USB
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 × 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 × 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
factsheet
datasheet
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 × 19 mm 2011
ETRX357
brochure
datasheet
Silicon Labs
(former Ember)
EM357
factsheet
datasheet
192 kB
Sena Technologies ProBee-ZE10
Product Brief
datasheet
Ember
(now Silicon Labs)
EM250
factsheet
datasheet
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 × 23.0 mm × 11.15 mm 2010
Oct
UART
ProBee-ZE20S DIP/SMD
Product Brief
datasheet
Ember
(now Silicon Labs)
EM357
factsheet
datasheet
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 × 18.6 mm, DIP Size 32.8 mm × 21.0 mm 2011
Oct

List of ZigBee company acquisitions[edit]

  • 2016, Apr - Cypress acquires Broadcom's IoT Business
  • 2016, Jan - Silicon Labs acquires Telegesis
  • 2016, Jan - Microchip acquires Atmel
  • 2015, Dec - NXP acquires Freescale Semiconductor
  • 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" (PDF). Digi. Retrieved 15 November 2011.