mc_em357_moduleCalifornia Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is now shipping its new MeshConnect EM357 module, built on the industry’s leading integrated circuit (IC) for ZigBee, the EM357 from Ember Corp.

True ZigBee and Better Range
Designed for ZigBee Pro applications, the module runs the full ZigBee Pro software stack and Smart Energy profile, enabling applications such as smart meters, smart grid, building automation, remote control, and HVAC. With its strong transmit power, the new module delivers superior range and performance even compared to other Ember-based modules. At +20 dBm power output, the new MeshConnect module provides extended range measured in miles, better in-home penetration for smart meters, and overall increased link reliability for all devices.

Convenient Over-the-Air Field Upgrade Capability
Unique among modules in its class, the MeshConnect EM357 module includes generous on-board external flash memory to enable convenient over-the-air software upgrades in the field, saving what would be thousands of hours of manual field upgrades in many instances.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Ember to bring such leading edge ZigBee technology to market,” said Rich Howell, Director of Business Development for CEL. “We feel confident that the engineering excellence that Ember brings to market at the IC level along with CEL’s expertise in module design will produce a winning combination for our customers. We’re already hearing positive feedback on the excellent range and over-the-air programming features of this module,” continued Howell.

Expanding MeshConnect Family
The new EM357 module adds breadth and depth to the expanding family of MeshConnect products, which include the MeshConnect System on Chip IC, the original MeshConnect module for simple 802.15.4 applications and the MeshConnect Extended Range module.

Pricing and Availability
The MeshConnect EM357 module is sampling now. Mass Production is available Nov. 2010. Part number is ZICM357P2-1. Pricing is <$19 in thousand-piece quantities.

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