SOURCE: Synapse Wireless Inc.

Synapse Wireless Inc.

September 03, 2009 12:00 ET

Synapse's SNAP® Mesh Network Software "Worked as Advertised" -- Circuit Cellar

"SNAP... a potential win-win-win for everyone involved." -- Tom Cantrell

HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - September 3, 2009) - Synapse Wireless® provides Internet-enabled, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication using its SNAP mesh network technology. Synapse's solution was recently reviewed in depth by Tom Cantrell, West Coast Editor, in the September 2009 issue of Circuit Cellar Magazine.

"The bottom line is that I'm impressed," Tom concluded. "Synapse deserves credit for thinking outside the box and delivering a unique solution that integrates every aspect of an embedded wireless project."

Synapse's SNAP is an auto-forming, multi-hop, mesh network stack combined with an embedded Python interpreter for running application code. "... the footprint is so tiny that everything fits into a low-cost, 8-bit MCU," said Tom.

Tom used Synapse's EK2500 evaluation kit to set up a SNAP wireless mesh network and build M2M applications using Synapse's development environment called Portal™, "... the one-stop-shop that gives you command and control of all aspects of your wireless application."

"It's a simple matter to make a change, recompile, and upload the new version over the air," said Tom about creating an application. "And it's fast, dare I say snappy, with a complete blow-and-go cycle taking just a few seconds."

"Their clearly stated mission is to keep it simple, and they do it pretty well." Tom compared SNAP with other vendors "... which seem to struggle under the combined weight of protocol complexity, network management hassles and bloaty software tools." "The real point is that within the short time spent, I was fully able to grasp the scope of SNAP and get pretty far along the learning curve," stated Tom.

A concern for many companies is getting locked into a sole source for hardware. "Not so with SNAP," explains Tom. "... interestingly (and, I'd say, wisely) they're more than willing to get SNAP up and running on other vendors' hardware." The Synapse RF Engines use a Freescale microcontroller and radio. Tom took a California Eastern Labs (CEL) module using different components but loaded with SNAP, and added it to his network. "Time to run a little interoperability test and ta-da, everything worked as advertised," said Tom. "Synapse will even help you get it running on your own hardware if that makes sense."

Read or download the complete "Neural Network - A SNAP-shot from Synapse Wireless," by Tom Cantrell at no cost:

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About Synapse Wireless, Inc.

Synapse Wireless provides the environment to develop intelligent, wireless control and monitoring mesh networks through its SNAP® and Portal™ products. Synapse RF Engine™ modules have achieved ZigBee® Compliant Platform (ZCP) certification. Synapse provides OEMs with comprehensive design and implementation support for customized wireless applications. For more information, visit:

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