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Upcoming Changes to the XBee Product Line

  • By: Parallax Insider Published: 16 September, 2016 0 comments

We would like to notify our customers of some upcoming changes to these series of XBee products we carry:

  • Series 1 (802.15.4)
  • Series 2 (ZB / ZigBee)

The changes will take place over time. In fact, our part #32409 has already changed to #32414, and #32405 is currently changing to #32417.

The changes being made by Digi International move both the Series 1 and Series 2 functionality to the S2C Hardware. Series 1 modules are not being discontinued, it just means that the Series 1 firmware and functionality will be provided on the Series 2 hardware, with several benefits. From the Digi New Product Notice:

This new variant is functionally and OTA compatible with the legacy XBee S1 802.15.4 and introduces several major advantages including reduced power consumption, better range and receive sensitivity, support for over-the-air firmware updates and the addition of a SMT form factor. In addition, as this product shares the same hardware as XBee S2C ZigBee modules, customers can update the module firmware to either ZigBee PRO protocol (today) or to DigiMesh® protocol (later this year).

BENEFITS

  • Simple, out-of-the-box RF communications, no configuration needed
  • Point to multipoint network topology
  • 2.4 GHz for worldwide deployment
  • Fully interoperable with other Digi 802.15.4 products including gateways, device adapters and range extenders
  • Industry leading sleep current of < 1µA, for longer battery life
  • Firmware upgrades via UART, SPI, or over-the-air (OTA)
  • Updateable to ZigBee (today) or DigiMesh (available in late 2016) protocols

Parallax customers buying Digi products can refer to the part number changes in the table below. The changes will continue over time as our current inventory sells out, and all Series 1 and Series 2 modules have transitioned to the S2C hardware.

OLD PART NUMBER NEW PART NUMBER STATUS
XB24-API-001 (#32404) XB24CAPIT-001 (#32416) COMPLETED
XB24-AWI-001 (#32405) XB24CAWIT-001 (#32417) COMPLETED
XBP24-API-001 (#32406) XBP24CAWIT-001 (#32419) COMPLETED
XBP24-AWI-001 (#32407) XBP24CAWIT-001 (#32419) COMPLETED
XB24-Z7WIT-004 (#32409) XB24CZ7WIT-004 (#32414) COMPLETED
XBP24BZ7WIT-004 (#32408) XBP24CZ7WIT-004 (#32415) COMPLETED

Pricing stayed the same for the module transitions in process and completed; we anticipate that pricing for the other modules will remain the same as well.

Parallax also carries the XStick 802.15.4 USB module for connecting to your PC. This device is built around Series 1 hardware. While there is currently no planned EOL from Digi, we are told that it is likely to eventually be discontinued at some point in the future. A substitution for the XStick 802.15.4 will be to use our XBee USB Adapter (#32400) with the appropriate XBee module for connection to your PC. Parallax recommends having at least one XBee USB Adapter anyway to make configuration and firmware updates easier.

If you have any questions on these changes please feel free to contact Parallax Tech Support.