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Wireless microcontroller targets home automation, IoT

06 May 2015

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Marvell introduced the 88MZ300 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless microcontroller system-on-chip, a new member of its wireless microcontroller family. The low-power SoC offers improved radio frequency (RF) performance and 50 per cent less power consumption than the previous 88MZ100 SoC. The 88MZ300 SoC features support for open standards, Zigbee to Wi-Fi, and the upcoming ZigBee 3.0 and Thread protocols. The 88MZ300 SoC is sampling now.

"Marvell continues to demonstrate innovation in home automation, connected lighting and IoT with its 88MZ300 ZigBee wireless microcontroller which leads 802.15.4 technology in both performance and cost," said Philip Poulidis, vice president and general manager, Mobile and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. "Along with Kinoma and Marvell's recently announced Smart Home Cloud Center, the 88MZ300 delivers a total solution for home automation and IoT markets."

Building upon Marvell's successful 88MZ100 ZigBee wireless microcontroller, the 88MZ300 includes execute in place (XIP) that allows code execution directly from flash memory, reducing system cost while enabling scalable memory architecture for large code applications and future software upgrades. This benefits OEMs who are designing with the evolving protocol standards. It delivers ultra-low power consumption with 8.5mA receiving (RX) current and 1uA standby current, works with an ultra-wide range of power supplies from 1.8V to 3.6V allowing for a small form factor battery while providing extended battery life.

Moreover, it offers industry-best co-existence performance with 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (BT), significantly improves data link quality with reduced message loss and in turn enhances user experience. The 88MZ300 based IoT solution not only offers robust network stacks based on open standards, it also offers hardware designs compatible with Marvell's Smart Home Cloud Centre platform and Kinoma software.

Marvell will launch the 88MZ300 at the Lightfair International in New York, NY May 5-7, 2015.

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