Freescale Continues to Drive Global ZigBee Growth

NEC Engineering Selects Freescale's ZigBee(TM) Platform for New Module

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NEC Engineering Ltd announced it has selected Freescale Semiconductor's (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) ZigBee-compliant platform for its new certified ZigBee-ZB24FM embedded module.

NEC Engineering's ZB24FM can operate with a dry cell battery (3.0V) for up to two years, achieving lower power consumption and running cost. The module's compact size allows it to be embedded in various customer products and is ideal for applications such as fire alarms with smoke and humidity sensors, power management for monitoring g electricity usage, air conditioning, crime prevention, physical distribution management and factory line monitoring.

"Our ZB24FM was certified as a module by the ZigBee-Compliant Platform test, performed by TUV Rheinland Group Japan," said Hidetoshi Miyazawa, manager of System Interface Development Section, Device Solution Business Department, NEC Engineering. "Freescale's ZigBee-compliant chipset helped us move smoothly through the testing, and now we will be able to quickly release ZigBee products for various profiles. We hope that our customers will feel comfortable with ZB24FM and that it will be used in various applications."

Freescale's ZigBee-compliant platform, which includes the MC13193 2.4 GHz RF chip, a low-voltage, low-power HCS08 MCU and both IEEE(R) 802.15.4 and the ZigBee protocol software, provides a robust, cost-effective, and easy-to-deploy solution. On-chip features and enhancements help to reduce external components and total bill of materials, while providing battery lifetimes of up to several years.

"NEC Engineering is a leading company in system design, embedded software development, and solution proposition, and is highly evaluated and trusted in the industry for its system integration capability," said Mamoru Tomozane, general manager of the Freescale Wireless Group in Japan. "NEC's selection of our ZigBee-compliant platform for the ZB24FM module underscores the growing industry support for our solution and the increasing momentum of ZigBee technology."

About ZigBee Technology

ZigBee is a low-power wireless communication technology and international standard protocol for the next-generation wireless network, reducing data size and allowing for lower-cost network construction with simplified protocol and limited functionality. ZigBee uses the PHY and MAC layers defined by IEEE(R)802.15.4, which is the short-distance wireless communication standard for 2.4 GHz band. ZigBee comprises the ZigBee platform specifications and ZigBee profiles defined by the ZigBee Alliance. For more information on Freescale's ZigBee-compliant solutions, visit

About ZigBee Compliant Platform Test

The TUV Rheinland Group Japan performs the ZigBee Compliant Platform test, the official certification test organization of the ZigBee alliance. In order to sell a newly developed ZigBee-compliant product, the product must conform to the standard specified as a ZigBee profile (which is defined for each application) and obtain the certification logo which ensures its ZigBee compliance.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500(R), is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD).

About NEC Engineering

NEC Engineering Ltd. delivers system solutions that integrate server and networking systems based on the open technology matrix as well as develop and deliver the Internet appliances and the state-of-the-art information communication devices.
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