Z1 Features: Quick Hardware Tour
Recent technology advances in areas like computing, networking, sensing and wireless communication, now enable a new paradigm where objects and environments can interact in a seamlessly way to monitor and control environments. The time for smart objects in smart environments has come.
Discover our new flagship WSN mote, the Z1.
Ultra-Low Power MCU and 2.4GHz Transceiver
Z1 is equipped with a second generation MSP430F2617 low power microcontroller, which features a powerful 16-bit RISC CPU @16MHz clock speed, built-in clock factory calibration, 8KB RAM and a 92KB Flash memory. Also includes the well known CC2420 transceiver, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, which operates at 2.4GHz with an effective data rate of 250Kbps. Z1 hardware selection guarantees the maximum efficience and robustness with low energy cost.
2 x Digital Built-in sensors
Up to 4 External Sensors
USB Programming Ready
Z1 Starter Platform
In this section you will find a brief overview of the components inside Z1. The complete Z1 documentation can be seen online or be downloaded to be reviewed later in the links below:
For more detailed information of the design, see the schematics in the Hardware Schematics section.
MSP430F2617 MCU from Texas Instruments
The installation of the MSP430 toolchain and environment depends of the target operative system, for detailed information please refer to the installations guides for TinyOS and Contiki.
CC2420 Transceiver from Texas Instruments / Chipcon
The CC2420 is a true single-chip 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 compliant RF transceiver designed for low-power and low-voltage wireless applications. CC2420 includes a digital direct sequence spread spectrum baseband modem providing a spreading gain of 9 dB and an effective data rate of 250 kbps.
The CC2420 is a low-cost, highly integrated solution for robust wireless communication in the 2.4 GHz unlicensed ISM band. It complies with worldwide regulations covered by ETSI EN 300 328 and EN 300 440 class 2 (Europe), FCC CFR47 Part 15 (US) and ARIB STD-T66 (Japan).
The CC2420 provides extensive hardware support for packet handling, data buffering, burst transmissions, data encryption, data authentication, clear channel assessment, link quality indication and packet timing information.
Proper drivers for both TinyOS and Contiki are available as a part of its Operative system.
CP2102 USB-to-UART Bridge Controller from SiLabs
The CP2102 is a highly-integrated USB-to-UART Bridge Controller providing a simple solution for updating RS-232 designs to USB using a minimum of components and PCB space. The CP2102 includes a USB 2.0 full-speed function controller, USB transceiver, oscillator, EEPROM, and asynchronous serial data bus (UART) with full modem control signals in a compact 5 x 5 mm QFN-28 package. No other external USB components are required.
CP2102 is connected to msp430 through USCIA0 used as UART.
Drivers for Linux systems are available as a part of the distributions releases, CP2102 is recognized without problem on any modern distribution. If you have problems with CP2102 (for example for embedded computers or other architectures) Silabs provides drivers for linux (see below). For Windows and Mac distributions drivers are also available:
The ADXL345 is a small, thin, low power, 3-axis accelerometer with high resolution (13-bit) measurement at up to ±16 g. Digital output data is formatted as 16-bit twos complement and is accessible through either a SPI (3- or 4-wire) or I2C digital interface.
The TMP102 is ideal for extended temperature measurement in a variety of communication, computer, consumer, environmental, industrial, and instrumentation applications. The device is specified for operation over a temperature range of -40°C to +125°C.
Please refer to the following links for more information and documentation:
Supported External Sensors
Z1 features a full range of pins available for connecting many kinds of sensors in a really easy way. Pinout is divided in 3 areas (each at one border of the board): Analog sensors, digital buses and GPIO. The Z1 mote provides out-of-the box support for all the phidgets  when powered at 5V and most of them when powered at 3V. Check the list of Phidgets to see which of them are compatible.
A full list of sensors known to work with Z1 can be found Here
Z1 motes comes with an integrated ceramic antena from Yageo/Phycomp connected to the CC2420 throught the C62 capacitor.
Optionally, an external antenna can be connected via a u.FL connector. Note that this option requires to move the output capacitor C62 towards the uFL connector, which is a task that you can do if you have high soldering skills.
Since the Z1 platform is under every circumstance an aggregation of integrated circuits whose main core is a T.I. microcontroller, the Z1 module can be programmed in C from scratch. Note, however, that in order to help you take advantage of the radio transceiver and on-board sensors without the hassle of writing your own device drives, we recommend you to use any of the supported OS described below.
Embedded Operating Systems
Currently Z1 supports:
Please refer to the links above for installation instructions and examples.