True compatibility is a combination of common hardware and software interfaces that are future-proof and provide design flexibility. Digi XBee offers true compatibility with a common footprint and common APIs:
In one compact design footprint, Digi XBees give our customers access to multiple wireless protocols and RF frequencies including Cellular, Zigbee®, 802.15.4 and Wi-Fi. This flexibility lowers manufacturing and engineering costs and offers OEMs the ability to quickly expand their roadmap and adapt to different frequencies and protocols for different regions of the globe.
Common footprints mean more than just a shared physical design. All Digi XBee modules use the Digi XBee pin signal layout standard. This means that all Digi XBees share the same electrical connections for maximum interchangeability.
Common API and AT Interface
Digi XBee devices can configure their local serial connections in several different ways. The XBee "operating mode" establishes the way the host device communicates with an XBee through its serial interface. These modes are standardized across all XBee devices.
Digi XBee modules support two different operating modes, which are consistent across all the different technology variants:
Digi XBees operate in this mode by default. The device acts as a simple, plug n play serial line replacement when it is in Transparent operating mode. The device queues all serial data it receives through the RX/DIN pin for RF transmission to its configured remote destination. When a device receives RF data from a remote device, it sends the data out through the TX/DOUT pin.
API mode is a frame-based protocol that allows you to direct data on a packet-by-packet basis. The host device communicates UART data in packets, also known as API frames. This mode allows for structured communications between computers and microcontrollers, and the Digi XBee.
The advantages of API operating mode include:
With these common hardware and software interfaces, integrating a true Digi XBee socket provides two essential advantages to an OEM design:
With the largest selection of global protocols, standard interfaces, design flexibility, mission-critical security and a future-proof footprint, Digi XBee is the best choice for bringing a communications solution to market in record time.