Create DIY Zigbee Devices With ZigUNO

Create DIY Zigbee Devices With ZigUNO

ZigUNO is a development board that allows users to create custom Zigbee devices. It is compatible with the Arduino UNO shields and shares the same size as Arduino UNO. It comes with the Ebyte E18-MS1 module equipped with TI SimpleLink CC2530. TI (Texas Instruments) SimpleLink CC2530 is a system-on-chip (SoC) solution for IEEE 802.15.4, Zigbee, and RF4CE applications. The CC2530 combines the RF transceiver’s great performance with an industry-standard improved 8051 MCU, in-system programmable flash memory, and 8-KB RAM, among other powerful features.

The PTVO Zigbee firmware offers a graphical setup tool for selecting the Zigbee chip (CC2530), configuring I/O behavior (input/output, pull-up, etc), and more. DIYRuZ is chosen as an example to start with by the developers in their early stages of programming. ZigUNO includes a DC-DC converter with an output voltage of 5v and a current up to 1.5A. This can be also used to power external sensors and relays. Note that the CC2530 has a 3.3V operational voltage and is not 5V tolerant.

ZigUNO Technical Specifications

ZigUNO front and back view

  • ZigUNO uses Zigbee technology and hence supports zigbee2mqtt.
  • The Ebyte E18-MS1 module (CC2530) features Zigbee 3.0 and IEEE 802.15.4 for connectivity along with a PCB antenna.
  • Ebyte E18-MS1 module has a flash memory of 256kB and 8kB RAM.
  • This board has dimensions 82x54x13 same as Arduino UNO.
  • Operating temperature ranges from 0 to 50°C
  • For power supply, it gets 5V up to 1.5A via 5.5/2.1mm DC jack, 2-pin terminal block, or micro USB port
  • ZigUNO features 3.3v Arduino UNO headers for expansion purposes and these headers are not 5v tolerant

The figure below shows the pin configuration of the ZigUNO development board v1.0ZigUNO pin configuration

Since ZigUNO is an open-source development board, the developers can access the design files available on Github. This file contains numerous programs for beginners along with the schematics to get a better understanding of this development board. The delivery set of this board comprises the ZigUNO board with E18 MS1-PCB as well as a  set of connectors providing easy interfacing. The ZigUNO board is presently unavailable, but the firm promises that the next batch will be available in August. For more queries about the ZigUNO board please visit Tindie’s official website.

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Saumitra Jagdale is a Backend Developer, Freelance Technical Author, Global AI Ambassador (SwissCognitive), Open-source Contributor in Python projects, Leader of Tensorflow Community India, and Passionate AI/ML Enthusiast

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