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ZigBee is an IEEE 802.15.4-based specification for a suite of high-level communication protocols used to create personal area networks with small, low-power digital radios. The technology defined by the ZigBee specification is intended to be simpler and less expensive than other wireless personal area networks (WPANs), such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Applications include wireless light switches, electrical meters with in-home-displays, traffic management systems, and other consumer and industrial equipment that requires short-range low-rate wireless data transfer.

Its low power consumption limits transmission distances to 10–100 meters line-of-sight, depending on power output and environmental characteristics.[1] ZigBee devices can transmit data over long distances by passing data through a mesh network of intermediate devices to reach more distant ones. ZigBee is typically used in low data rate applications that require long battery life and secure networking (ZigBee networks are secured by 128 bit symmetric encryption keys.) ZigBee has a defined rate of 250 kbit/s, best suited for intermittent data transmissions from a sensor or input device.

Currently Zigbee is available in 180nm technology, a 28nm version is in development (details available under NDA).


  • IEEE 802.15.4 compliant RF transceiver
  • I/Q low-IF receiver
  • I/Q direct up-conversion transmitter
  • Programmable output power in 3 dB steps
  • No external RF switch/filter needed
  • Battery monitor
  • Digital RSSI/LQI support
  • A reference clock output
  • Very few external components, fully integrated loop filter
  • 128(RX)+128(TX) byte data buffering and Hardware MAC encryption (AES-128)
  • ETSI EN 300 328 and EN 300 440 class 2 (Europe), FCC CFR47 Part 15 (US)
  • ARIB STD-T66 (Japan) compliant

Technology Partner

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Catena is an international group of innovative companies, experts in system and architectures as well as in the design of Integrated Circuits and independent System IP. Since its establishment in 1986, Catena has been recognized as the partner of choice for global IC makers in designing wireless connectivity and sensor electronics system solutions created by world-class RF, signal processing and system architecture experts.

Catena provides full custom IC developments as well as complete system IP for various applications, enabling its customers fast time-to-market. The developments are mainly one chip solutions including RF, Analog, Mixed Signal, Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Cores, Embedded Software and tooling.

Catena is a 100% NXP-owned strong radio IP and design services resource (140 persons). It has experience with licensing to 3rd parties of “hard” (frontend) and “soft” (digital) radio IPs such as FM RX and TX, ZigBee, GPS RX, WIFI. Catena announced further partnerships with IP house CEVA and foundry Global Foundries.


Area: 6.5 mm2 in TSMC:

  • Analog: 5.3 mm2
  • Digital: 1.2 mm2


Product Description
Analog Hard macro GDS2, integration guidelines
Digital RTL, integration guidelines
Support and maintenance
  • IP User Manual
  • IP Integration guidelines and review
  • Testing and Industrialization support