The EM260 integrates a 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.15.4-compliant transceiver with a 16-bit network processor (XAP2b core) to run EmberZNet, the Ember ZigBee-compliant network stack. The EM260 exposes access to the EmberZNet API across a standard SPI module or a UART module, allowing application development on a Host platform. This means that the EM260 can be viewed as a ZigBee peripheral connected over a serial interface. The XAP2b microprocessor is a power-optimized core integrated in the EM260. It contains integrated Flash and RAM memory along with an optimized peripheral set to enhance the operation of the network stack. The transceiver utilizes an efficient architecture that exceeds the dynamic range requirements imposed by the IEEE 802.15.4-2003 standard by over 15dB. The integrated receive channel filtering allows for co-existence with other communication standards in the 2.4GHz spectrum such as IEEE 802.11g and Bluetooth. The integrated regulator, VCO, loop filter, and power amplifier keep the external component count low. An optional high-performance radio mode (boost mode) is software selectable to boost dynamic range by a further 3dB. The EM260 contains embedded Flash and integrated RAM for program and data storage. By employing an effective wear-leveling algorithm, the stack optimizes the lifetime of the embedded Flash, and affords the application the ability to configure stack and application tokens within the EM260
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