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Frequency 2400 MHz Standard Proprietary 2.4 GHz Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Rating Catalog Transmission principle OOK, 2-FSK, GFSK, MSK
Frequency 2400 MHz Standard Proprietary 2.4 GHz Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Rating Catalog Transmission principle OOK, 2-FSK, GFSK, MSK
VQFN (RGP) 20 16 mm² 4 x 4
  • RF Performance
    • High sensitivity (-104 dBm at 2.4 kBaud, 1% packet error rate)
    • Low current consumption (13.3 mA in RX, 250 kBaud, input well above sensitivity limit)
    • Programmable output power up to +1 dBm
    • Excellent receiver selectivity and blocking performance
    • Programmable data rate from 1.2 to 500 kBaud
    • Frequency range: 2400 - 2483.5 MHz
  • Analog Features
    • OOK, 2-FSK, GFSK, and MSK supported
    • Suitable for frequency hopping and multichannel systems due to a fast settling frequency synthesizer with 90 us settling time
    • Automatic Frequency Compensation (AFC) can be used to align the frequency synthesizer to the received centre frequency
    • Integrated analog temperature sensor
  • Digital Features
    • Flexible support for packet oriented systems: On-chip support for sync word detection, address check, flexible packet length, and automatic CRC handling
    • Efficient SPI interface: All registers can be programmed with one "burst" transfer
    • Digital RSSI output
    • Programmable channel filter bandwidth
    • Programmable Carrier Sense (CS) indicator
    • Programmable Preamble Quality Indicator (PQI) for improved protection against false sync word detection in random noise
    • Support for automatic Clear Channel Assessment (CCA) before transmitting (for listen-before-talk systems)
    • Support for per-package Link Quality Indication (LQI)
    • Optional automatic whitening and dewhitening of data
  • Low-Power Features
    • 400 nA SLEEP mode current consumption
    • Fast startup time: 240 us from SLEEP to RX or TX mode (measured on EM design)
    • Wake-on-radio functionality for automatic low-power RX polling
    • Separate 64-byte RX and TX data FIFOs (enables burst mode data transmission)
  • General
    • Few external components: Complete onchip frequency synthesizer, no external filters or RF switch needed
    • Green package: RoHS compliant and no antimony or bromine
    • Small size (QLP 4x4 mm package, 20 pins)
    • Suited for systems compliant with EN 300 328 and EN 300 440 class 2 (Europe), FCC CFR47 Part 15 (US), and ARIB STDT66 (Japan)
    • Support for asynchronous and synchronous serial receive/transmit mode for backwards compatibility with existing radio communication protocols
  • Applications
    • 2400-2483.5 MHz ISM/SRD band systems
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Wireless game controllers
    • Wireless audio
    • Wireless keyboard and mouse
    • RF enabled remote controls
  • RF Performance
    • High sensitivity (-104 dBm at 2.4 kBaud, 1% packet error rate)
    • Low current consumption (13.3 mA in RX, 250 kBaud, input well above sensitivity limit)
    • Programmable output power up to +1 dBm
    • Excellent receiver selectivity and blocking performance
    • Programmable data rate from 1.2 to 500 kBaud
    • Frequency range: 2400 - 2483.5 MHz
  • Analog Features
    • OOK, 2-FSK, GFSK, and MSK supported
    • Suitable for frequency hopping and multichannel systems due to a fast settling frequency synthesizer with 90 us settling time
    • Automatic Frequency Compensation (AFC) can be used to align the frequency synthesizer to the received centre frequency
    • Integrated analog temperature sensor
  • Digital Features
    • Flexible support for packet oriented systems: On-chip support for sync word detection, address check, flexible packet length, and automatic CRC handling
    • Efficient SPI interface: All registers can be programmed with one "burst" transfer
    • Digital RSSI output
    • Programmable channel filter bandwidth
    • Programmable Carrier Sense (CS) indicator
    • Programmable Preamble Quality Indicator (PQI) for improved protection against false sync word detection in random noise
    • Support for automatic Clear Channel Assessment (CCA) before transmitting (for listen-before-talk systems)
    • Support for per-package Link Quality Indication (LQI)
    • Optional automatic whitening and dewhitening of data
  • Low-Power Features
    • 400 nA SLEEP mode current consumption
    • Fast startup time: 240 us from SLEEP to RX or TX mode (measured on EM design)
    • Wake-on-radio functionality for automatic low-power RX polling
    • Separate 64-byte RX and TX data FIFOs (enables burst mode data transmission)
  • General
    • Few external components: Complete onchip frequency synthesizer, no external filters or RF switch needed
    • Green package: RoHS compliant and no antimony or bromine
    • Small size (QLP 4x4 mm package, 20 pins)
    • Suited for systems compliant with EN 300 328 and EN 300 440 class 2 (Europe), FCC CFR47 Part 15 (US), and ARIB STDT66 (Japan)
    • Support for asynchronous and synchronous serial receive/transmit mode for backwards compatibility with existing radio communication protocols
  • Applications
    • 2400-2483.5 MHz ISM/SRD band systems
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Wireless game controllers
    • Wireless audio
    • Wireless keyboard and mouse
    • RF enabled remote controls

The CC2500 is a low-cost 2.4 GHz transceiver designed for very low-power wireless applications. The circuit is intended for the 2400-2483.5 MHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) and SRD (Short Range Device) frequency band.

The RF transceiver is integrated with a highly configurable baseband modem. The modem supports various modulation formats and has a configurable data rate up to 500 kBaud.

CC2500 provides extensive hardware support for packet handling, data buffering, burst transmissions, clear channel assessment, link quality indication and wake-on-radio.

The main operating parameters and the 64-byte transmit/receive FIFOs of CC2500 can be controlled via an SPI interface. In a typical system, the CC2500 will be used together with a microcontroller and a few additional passive components.

The CC2500 is a low-cost 2.4 GHz transceiver designed for very low-power wireless applications. The circuit is intended for the 2400-2483.5 MHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) and SRD (Short Range Device) frequency band.

The RF transceiver is integrated with a highly configurable baseband modem. The modem supports various modulation formats and has a configurable data rate up to 500 kBaud.

CC2500 provides extensive hardware support for packet handling, data buffering, burst transmissions, clear channel assessment, link quality indication and wake-on-radio.

The main operating parameters and the 64-byte transmit/receive FIFOs of CC2500 can be controlled via an SPI interface. In a typical system, the CC2500 will be used together with a microcontroller and a few additional passive components.

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* Data sheet Low-Cost Low-Power 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver datasheet (Rev. C) 19 May 2009
* Errata CC2500 Errata Notes (Rev. E) 07 Oct 2013
* Radiation & reliability report CC2500 Reliability report 16 Jul 2007
Application note CE Regulations for SRDs Operating in License-Free 2.4GHz/5GHz Bands-WiFi Devices 15 Apr 2020
Application note DN507 -- FEC Decoding 21 Mar 2019
Application note 2.4-GHz Inverted F Antenna (Rev. D) 07 Jan 2019
Application note CRC Implementation (Rev. E) 27 Sep 2018
Technical article An out-of-the-box Internet of Things: building a seamless and secure smart home network 12 Jun 2018
Technical article Thread vs. Zigbee – what’s the difference? 16 May 2018
Technical article Your microcontroller deserves a nap – designing “sleepy” wireless applications 28 Mar 2018
Technical article SimpleLink™ MCU SDKs: Breaking down TI Drivers 12 Apr 2017
Application note DN035 -- Antenna Quick Guide (Rev. A) 12 Feb 2013
Application note AN098 - Layout Review Techniques for Low Power RF Designs (Rev. A) 02 Aug 2012
Application note AN103 -- Basic RF Testing of CCxxxx Devices 08 Aug 2011
Application note AN095 -- Continuous Data Streaming Applications - Using Serial Synchronous Mode (Rev. A) 18 Jul 2011
Application note DN034 -- YAGI 2.4 GHz PCB Antenna 14 Oct 2010
User guide YAGI 2.4-GHz PCB Reference Design 14 Oct 2010
Application note AN058 -- Antenna Selection Guide (Rev. B) 06 Oct 2010
Application note DN031 -- CC-Antenna-DK Documentation and Antenna Measurements Summary 26 Aug 2010
Application note DN505 -- RSSI interpretation and timing (Rev. D) 16 Jun 2010
Application note DN509 -- Data Whitening and Random TX Mode 12 Apr 2010
Application note AN085 -- Implementing Diversity Using Low Power Radios 26 Jan 2010
Application note DN500 -- Packet Transmission Basics (Rev. C) 06 Apr 2009
Application note DN111 - Current Consumption for a Polling Receiver (Rev. A) 24 Mar 2009
Application note DN300 -- SmartRF04EB Troubleshooting (Rev. B) 24 Mar 2009
Application note DN400 -- Interfacing CC1100 - CC2500 with MSP430 (Rev. A) 24 Mar 2009
Application note DN501 -- PATABLE Access (Rev. B) 24 Mar 2009
Application note AN047 -- CC1100/CC2500 Wake on Radio (Rev. B) 23 Mar 2009
Application note AN043 -- Small Size 2.4 GHz PCB Antenna (Rev. D) 04 Apr 2008
Application note DN021 - CC2500 and CC2510 Sensitivity versus Frequency Offset and Crystal Accura 10 Mar 2008
Application note AN048 -- 2.4GHz Chip Antenna (Rev. B) 04 Mar 2008
Application note DN503 -- SPI Access (Rev. B) 22 Oct 2007
Application note DN504 -- FEC Implementation (Rev. A) 22 Oct 2007
Application note DN506 -- GDO Pin Usage (Rev. A) 22 Oct 2007
Application note DN014 -- Programming Output Powers on CC2500 and CC2550 04 Oct 2007
More literature CC2500 Material content 16 Jul 2007
Application note DN004 Folded Dipole Antenna for CCC25xx 05 Dec 2006
More literature CC2500 RoHS Confirmation 31 Jan 2006

Design & development

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SMARTRFTRXEBK — SmartRF Transceiver Evaluation Board

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Daughter card

CC2500EMK — CC2500EMK Evaluation Module 2.4 GHz

These evaluation modules in combination with a motherboard from a CC2500 development kit is designed to help the user to achieve his/hers objectives as quickly as possible.

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Interface adapter

BOOST-CCEMADAPTER — EM Adapter BoosterPack

The purpose of the EM adapter board is to provide an-easy-to-use bridge between any of the TI MCU LaunchPads and the wide variety of TI RF evaluation modules (EM), for instance the CCxxxx Low-Power RF evaluation modules. No specific software is provided, so it is up to the user to write the (...)
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Code example or demo

eZ430-RF2500 Sensor Monitor Demo (Rev. G)

SLAC139G.ZIP (3466 KB)
Code example or demo

CC1100 CC1101 CC1100E CC2500 Examples Libraries (Rev. F)

SWRC021F.ZIP (841 KB)
Driver or library

SIMPLICITI — SimpliciTI Compliant Protocol Stack

SimpliciTI is a simple low-power RF network protocol aimed at small RF networks. SimpliciTI was designed for easy implementation and deployment out-of-the-box on several TI RF platforms such as the MSP430 family of low-power MCUs and the CC1XXX/CC25XX/CC430 transceivers and SoCs.

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Calculation tool

PACKET-SNIFFER — SmartRF Protocol Packet Sniffer

The SmartRF Packet Sniffer is a PC software application that can display and store radio packets captured by a listening RF device. The capture device is connected to the PC via USB. Various RF protocols are supported. The Packet Sniffer filters and decodes packets and displays them in a convenient (...)
Calculation tool

SMARTRFTM-STUDIO — SmartRF Studio

SmartRF™ Studio is a Windows application that helps designers of RF systems to easily evaluate the radio at an early stage in the design process for all TI CC1xxx and CC2xxx low-power RF devices. It simplifies generation of the configuration register values and commands, as well as practical (...)
Design tool

SIMPLELINK-2-4GHZ-DESIGN-REVIEWS — Hardware design reviews for SimpleLink™ CC2xxx devices

The SimpleLink hardware design review process provides a way to get in touch, one-on-one, with a subject matter expert that can help review your design and provide valuable feedback. A simple 3-step process for requesting a review as well as links to relevant technical documentation and resources (...)
Reference designs

TIDM-LPBP-EMADAPTER — Evaluation Module (EM) Adaptor

This BoosterPack kit contains one "EM Adapter BoosterPack". The purpose of the EM adapter board is to provide an-easy-to-use bridge between any of the TI MCU LaunchPads and the vide variety of TI RF evaluation modules (EM), for instance the CCxxxx Low-Power RF evaluation modules. No specific (...)
Reference designs

TIDM-WIRELESS-SENSORNODE — Battery-Operated Wireless Sensor Monitoring Reference Design

This design, featuring the ultra-low-power MSP430 MCU paired with a sub-GHz RF transceiver, enables a battery-operated wireless sensor monitoring solution. This design demonstrates both access point and wireless nodes, which can share sensor data wirelessly using a network protocol called (...)
Reference designs

CC-ANTENNA-DK-RD — Sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz Antenna Reference Designs

The Antenna Board reference design contains various low-cost antenna solutions for both sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz short range wireless systems.
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