The main goal of ZigBee® standards is to help product manufacturers produce green, smart products that control and improve customers’ everyday activities. Unfortunately, product interoperability challenges have interfered with this goal.
To answer the challenges of interoperability, and in the spirit of the open source movement, a team of software developers from DSR Corporation and key partners ClarIDy and UBEC created ZBOSS™: the Z
igBee Open Source Stack.
Certified on ZigBee adapters from partner companies ZBOSS is a high-performance, small memory footprint, cross-platform solution. The ZBOSS stack architecture minimizes retransmits and packet loss, and operates with chipsets from multiple semiconductor suppliers (beginning with Texas Instruments’ TI CC25xx and UBEC’s UBEC 2400, UBEC 2410).
ZBOSS is currently available for use on Linux and “OS-less” (scheduler-based) platforms.
ZBOSS is compliant with the ZigBee® 2007 (ZigBee) specification. ZigBee PRO 2007 support is in final testing and development before release to the open source community toward the end of 2012.
ZBOSS has been tested running on 8051-based MCU designs against ARM-based devices running the Ember Stack. This configuration also communicates perfectly with the Texas Instruments’ Z-Stack™ implementation.
ZBOSS has also been tested running on ARM-based devices against Texas Instruments’ Z-Stack™ implementations running the TI CC2530 (8051 MCU).
The ZBOSS open source initiative includes tools to ease development and debugging tasks.
The ZBOSS Network Simulator runs on a single Linux PC and provides stack interconnections with no additional hardware. It acts as a hub interconnecting virtual devices each running stack instances. Use it to develop new and custom profiles before porting them to a target platform. The ZBOSS Network Simulator can also imitate large networks—a difficult task to perform even when hardware is available.
The result is a simple, inexpensive environment for distributing stack logic development across a team with limited hardware device availability.
DSR Corporation offers the ZBOSS Open Source ZigBee Stack under a “dual licensing” model as follows:
The ZBOSS open source ZigBee protocol stack is released under GPL license.
To download ZBOSS, you must first register on this site. Once you register and log in you will have access to:
- ZBOSS stack source code
- ZBOSS Network Simulator tool source code
- ZBOSS design documentation
- ZigBee compliance certification tests
These materials are located in this website’s Files section, which appears after you register with us.
The ZBOSS Commercial license is obtained from DSR Corporation.
Our simple registration process gives you access to ZBOSS source code and participation in the ZBOSS forums where you can suggest features and functionality, report bugs, share patches, make porting requests, and more. The DSR Corporation Team welcomes your contributions to the ZBOSS open source initiative.
You may also choose to receive occasional email updates on ZBOSS topics of interest to you. Of course, your contact information is protected, and we will never give or sell it to any third party, so your privacy is assured.
Just register, download the ZBOSS stack and tools, load it up on your TI or UBEC-silicon based development boards, and you’ll be ready to start your development efforts. There’s a rapidly developing community, lots of information, and email support for your urgent ZBOSS questions or issues at email@example.com.
So, join the ZBOSS open source initiative today!
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