The JN516X-EK001 evaluation kit enables the development of systems that run ZigBee, JenNet-IP, or IEEE 802.15.4 network

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The NXP JN516X-EK001 evaluation kit is specifically designed for use with the NXP JN516x series, a range of ultra-low-power, high-performance wireless microcontrollers suitable for JenNet-IP, RF4CE remote control and ZigBee applications. This comprehensive kit, which includes a series of wireless carrier boards, plug-in expansion boards, USB dongles, a remote control, a specially programmed Cisco router, and a complete software design kit, provides everything necessary for system development. The supplied router, which runs NXP OpenWRT firmware modified by NXP, makes it easy to develop solutions that include sensor-equipped objects as part of the "Internet of Things". Using the various demos included in the kit, designers can quickly produce demonstrators or proof-of-concept products. The same software can then be used for end products, using JN516X ICs or modules. Click here for support documentation.


  • Four base boards
  • Three lighting expansion boards
  • Two expansion boards with sensors and buttons
  • One LCD expansion board
  • 16-button capacitive touch remote control
  • Two USB dongles
  • Cisco router with Ethernet support
  • Complete software development kit (SDK)
    • GNU-based toolchain with C compiler
    • Flash programmer
    • Eclipse IDE with integrated GNU debugger (GDB)
    • Microcontroller and peripheral libraries
  • Quick, easy product development
  • Free, unrestricted Eclipse-based SDK
  • Hardware platform supports all sensors, displays, LEDs, switches
  • One evaluation kit for all applications

Descriptive summary

Includes multiple demos

The Smart Lighting demo, which makes use of nearly all the kit's components, is a JenNet-IP demo that uses the router to support connection to a WLAN or the Internet. The evaluation kit can easily be Flash programmed for use with ZigBee LL, ZigBee SE, or RF4CE demos.

The ZigBee SE demo lets the user experiment with an energy service portal (via the USB dongle), an in-premise display (using the display expansion board), standalone meters for electricity and gas, or a range extender. The ZigBee LL demo gives the designer remote control of color LEDs on the lighting expansion board.

The RF4CE demo lets the user select, play, forward, stop, pause, or change the volume on a Windows media player.

The kit also includes a network sniffer license from Ubilogix, free for use for 45 days, that works with the second USB dongle as the primary device.

The JN516x series

JN516x series devices feature an enhanced 32-bit RISC processor with embedded Flash and EEPROM memory, offer high coding efficiency through variable width instructions, a multi-stage instruction pipeline, and low-power operation with programmable clock speeds. They also include a 2.4 GHz IEEE802.15.4-compliant transceiver and a comprehensive mix of analog and digital peripherals.


  • "Internet of Things"
  • JenNet-IP
  • ZigBee LightLink (LL)
  • ZigBee Smart Energy (SE)
  • RF4CE
  • Home and building automation
  • Smart lighting
  • Remote controls
  • Smart energy
  • Wireless sensor networks

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