Small ZigBee-like self-forming network stack debuts

Huntsville, Ala.—Synapse introduced SNAP (Synapse Network Appliance Protocol) , a high-performance, low-power, small-memory-footprint protocol that allows anyone to create an intelligent wireless network, without having to know anything about wireless networks.

This small ZigBee-like self-forming network stack does not require programming. The SNAP stack occupies 16-Kbytes and consumes less power than other products, according to the company.

“SNAP and SNAP-based products were designed from the ground-up to be incredibly power-efficient,” said Wade Patterson, chief executive of Synapse. “A Synapse RF Engine can consume as little as 47-µA in real world operation, which means these units can actually run for the specified shelf-life of the battery used to power them.”

For more on the Synapse RF Engine, click here.

SNAP-based networks are self-forming; when a Synapse End Device is powered-up, it is automatically recognized by the Synapse Coordinator and incorporated into the network. With a SNAP-based network, it is not necessary to devote any time and resources toward developing an applications layer. As soon as a Synapse End Device has been incorporated into the network, the PC-based Synapse Portal software administrator can be used to configure the behavior of the End Device.

Synapse, 1-877-982-7888,

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