A.N. Solutions Simplifies Development of Sub-1 GHz Wireless Sensor Network Applications

A.N. Solutions, a leading system design house, today announced the launch of the new toolset for the development of 868/915 MHz wireless sensor network applications in energy management, smart metering, industrial and building automation, and more.

The easy-to-use toolset includes @ANY900 RF modules, USB dongles, development tools, and embedded software, supporting IEEE 802.15.4-based protocols, including ZigBee PRO™, 6LoWPAN, as well as proprietary solutions. Combined with A.N. Solutions' RF design and customization services, these tools empower OEMs and system integrators to take their new products from concept to market faster and more cost-effectively.

"We brought together crucial design elements that ensure the success of our client's wireless project," said Thomas Lerm, CEO of A.N. Solutions GmbH. "Those elements are the high-performance wireless hardware components and mesh networking software, accompanied by professional design and customization services at each stage of the product development process. For the first time, OEMs and system integrators can get all key design elements from a single source. Now that also applies to the popular Sub-1 GHz applications."

@ANY900 Product Family

- Wireless hardware enabling components: Ultra-sensitive IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee @ANY900-1 RF module, @ANY900 USB dongle, and easy-to-use @ANY BRICK development boards for Sub-1 GHz license-free ISM bands - all interchangeable with A.N. Solutions' @ANY 2.4 GHz platforms;

- Embedded software: Flexible Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) software, based on Smart MAC Suite (SMS) toolchain, fully compatible with Atmel's BitCloud ZigBee stack and other third party software, including 6LoWPAN-based solutions;

- Wireless design services: Professional services, covering a complete design cycle, from concept to market, as well as on-demand expert services that can be tapped at any stage of the product development cycle.

@ANY900-1 is an ultra-low power IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee RF module for Sub-1 GHz ISM band. The tiny module features an exceptional sensitivity of -110 dBm that results in the line-of-sight range of up to 500m. Featuring the built-in chip antenna and 2MBit memory extensions, @ANY900 module presents a future-proof, fully integrated solution for the system integrators and OEMs. @ANY900-1 RF modules are fully pin-compatible with @ANY 2.4 GHz hardware products, and interoperable with corresponding Atmel's ZigBit(TM) modules. @ANY900-1 RF module is scheduled to achieve ETSI Certification in Q1 of 2010.

@ANY900 USB dongle is a handy USB extension that enables easy access to mobile & portable devices via reliable USB connectivity and can be used for monitoring & control of wireless network systems. Based on @ANY900-1 RF module, the @ANY900 Dongle makes integration a breeze, while the built-in chip antenna enables rapid design-in, requiring no RF knowledge and benefiting from the standard USB interface.

Smart MAC Suite (SMS) toolchain offers easy control of @ANY platform's functionality via AT commands to support all IEEE 802.15.4-based functions, as well as facilitates addition of numerous custom features. SMS Base version supports standard application scenarios, such as Point-to-Point & Star, while SMS Pro version facilitates development of complex applications and supports additional topologies with static routing.

@ANY DESIGN Development Kit

@ANY DESIGN development kit is a comprehensive toolset enabling easy design, prototyping and deployment of wireless IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee solutions, using A.N. Solutions' @ANY product platform. The development kit provides developers with everything they need to create market-ready wireless systems and applications, while mastering the intricacies of WSN technology. The kit features support of third party applications, convenient reference drivers, as well as APIs for UART, I2C, ADC, and 1-wire peripherals. @ANY DESIGN kit supports the intuitive development environment from Atmel, including embedded debugging feature using Atmel JTAG in-circuit debugger. The JTAG programming interfaces facilitate design of custom applications.

@ANY DESIGN development kit consists of @ANY900 USB dongle with JTAG programming adapter, three fully programmable @ANY BRICK boards, and a CD-ROM containing documentation and software, including Smart MAC Suite software toolchain and network visualization tool. @ANY DESIGN development kit can be extended with additional @ANY900 BRICK development boards and @ANY900 USB dongles on an as-needed basis.

Pricing & Availability

@ANY900-1 RF modules, @ANY900 USB dongles and @ANY BRICK development boards are available immediately in mass quantities. Please inquire at info@an-solutions.de. @ANY DESIGN development kits (Part # @ANY 900 DK) are now available and priced at EUR 399.00. All products are precision manufactured in Germany. For more information on A.N. Solutions Sub-1 GHz products, please visit ../../products/900_mhz.html.

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