A fully compliant ZigBee 3.0 solution: Z-Stack 3.0


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Z-STACK 3.0.2


ACTIVE 3.0.2   03-Oct-2018  


Z-Stack 3.0.x

Z-Stack 3.0.x is TI's Zigbee 3.0 compliant protocol suite for the CC2530, CC2531, and CC2538 Wireless MCU.

  1. Supports the CC2592 and CC2590 RF front ends which extend up to +22dBm and +14dBm transmit power, respectively, and provide improved receiver sensitivity
  2. Z-Stack 3.0 combines multiple previous Zigbee profiles into one unified standard
    • Incorporates the unified Zigbee Cluster Library which is at the foundation of dotdot, the universal language for IoT applications defining data objects, models and functionalities for embedded IoT applications
    • Implements Zigbee Base Device Behavior specification, which defines a common set of mechanisms for network forming, discovering, and application provisioning to be used by all Zigbee devices
    • Based on Zigbee PRO 2015 stack, it provides new and improved security modes, including Install Codes for out-of-band key exchange, and Distributed Security Networks for Coordinator-less network topology
    • Supports Green Power Proxy, allowing energy-harvesting and ultra-low power devices to connect seamlessly to a Zigbee network
    • Forwards and backwards compatibility with previous Zigbee PRO and application profiles is maintained
  3. Sample Applications included for quick prototyping, including door lock, thermostat, light and switch, and temperature sensor
  4. Zigbee Network Processor firmware, providing an abstracted access to the Zigbee Pro 2015 stack and Base Device Behavior functionality via a serial port for two-chip architectures Zigbee-based applications
  5. Over-the-air firmware upgrade and serial bootloader capability, allowing for future updates of deployed systems
  6. Compatible with TI's Z-Stack Linux Gateway, a reference implementation of an Ethernet-to-Zigbee gateway using a Linux-based platform as host processor, that makes it easy to integrate applications on top of an IP-based interface which abstracts Zigbee protocol functionality to the users.



Compatibility Issues

IAR Workbench:

Z-Stack is developed and tested using compilers from IAR. IAR versions used in Z-Stack are available to TI customers for 30 days evaluation at the following link: http://www.iar.com/Products/Wireless-solutions/Tools-for-TI-wireless/.

Application, library, and hex files were built/tested with the following versions of IAR tools. We recommend using the same IAR tool version

  • EWARM 8.11.1 ( for CC2538 Wireless MCU
  • EW8051 10.10.1 (10.10.1) for CC2530 and CC2531 Wireless MCU

Please contact your local IAR office for further details on license purchasing.

Protocol Analyzers

Texas Instruments is collaborating with Ubilogix to provide an advanced protocol analyzer for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee. Ubilogix Ubiqua Protocol Analyzer supports TI’s CC2531 USB Dongle which can be ordered as the CC2531EMKkit. The Ubiqua is a full featured analyzer that supports IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee 2007, ZigBee 2007 PRO, ZigBee RF4CE and 6LoWPAN protocols. Ubiqua can import TI's SmartRF Packet Sniffer capture files.

Archived Releases

TI recommends using the newest release in order to take advantages of all improvements and new features. Previous Z-Stack releases can be found here .

Technical Documents
Third party documents (2)
Title Date Type
IAR Embedded Workbench® for 8051 08 Dec 2016
IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM 08 Dec 2016
Application notes (6)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views
Multiple Files   04 Jun 2014 0
PDF 351 07 Apr 2014 0
Multiple Files   28 Sep 2012 0
PDF 327 16 Dec 2009 0
PDF 216 09 Nov 2009 0
PDF 70 10 Sep 2009 0

Software (1)

Name Part Number Software Type
IEEE802.15.4 Medium Access control (MAC) software stack  TIMAC  Software Libraries 

Development Tools (3)

Name Part Number Tool Type
SmartRF Protocol Packet Sniffer  PACKET-SNIFFER  Calculation Tools 
SmartRF Studio  SMARTRFTM-STUDIO  Calculation Tools 
SmartRF Flash Programmer  FLASH-PROGRAMMER  Flash Programming Tools 

Design Kits & Evaluation Modules  ( 1 )

Name Part Number Tool Type
CC2538 Development Kit  CC2538DK  Development Kits 

TI Devices (5)

Part Number Name Product Family
CC2530  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  SimpleLink Solutions 
CC2530-RF4CE  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  SimpleLink Solutions 
CC2531  System-on-Chip Solution for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee Applications  SimpleLink Solutions 
CC2531-RF4CE  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  SimpleLink Solutions 
CC2538  A Powerful System-On-Chip for 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4-2006 and ZigBee Applications  SimpleLink Solutions 

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