I recently came to know that XBee modules from Digi use Silicon Labs chips and the Silicon Labs ZigBee stack, so I ask, if I can use the Silicon Labs chips directly with Simplicity Studio as well as the ZigBee stack to create a ZigBee device, why would I need to get XBee modules at all?

Silicon Labs have modules as well as the Mighty Gecko MGM12P Module for Zigbee and Thread which is multi-protocol and provides much more flexibility having 1024kB of flash and 256kB of RAM. This means that instead of having a processor for the application and a separate ZigBee module I can have both the ZigBee connectivity and the application within the same module.

I'm just trying to understand the justification for an XBee module vs a more versatile Silicon Labs module (on which the XBee modules are based).

  • I guess its easier using a zigbee module to connect to arduino(and other development boards) to make prototypes. Just the ease factor though. Nov 28, 2018 at 13:33


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.