What's New in Zigbee 3.0?

Zigbee is an industry-proven worldwide standard for low power, self-healing, robust mesh networks offering a complete and interoperable IoT solution for home and building automation. Based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and providing a simplified approach to commissioning devices securely, it enables users the ability to form networks involving over 250 devices for large coverage areas. Through adherence to a profile specification and ZCP (Zigbee Compliant Platform) testing, Zigbee devices can become certified for interoperability across various platforms.

Texas Instruments CC13x2 and CC26x2 devices are part of the SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) platform and host a Zigbee SDK containing everything needed for a Zigbee compliant solution, including tools, application examples, documentation, and source code. It uses Zigbee 3.0, the latest specification from the Zigbee Alliance which unifies former application segments under a common certification. The following sections intend to give users an overview of all of the new features introduced in the Zigbee 3.0 specification.