Particle Product Lines
Particle devices are grouped into three different families that are are optimized for a certain setting; pParts for low power, uParts for low cost or zParts interoperability. Modular design has been a constant in our system to enable our customers re-utilization of different system components, e.g. sensor boards are interchangeable between pPart and zPart families. Since all families share the same abstract communication protocol, they can be mixed and combined in the same network adding the advantages of each family to the system and making it very versatile. The common PC-based Particle Application Framework allows software programs running in the back-end to not notice which Particle family they are interacting with, i.e. the applications you write for a family are fully compatible to the other families.
pPart family are due to its extreme low power consumption suitable for energy sensitive applications. It provides large flexibility regarding the integration of third party sensors over different I/O interfaces, software libraries and SDKs. It is therefore especially suitable for the development of own sensor network applications requiring high computation power and memory at the wireless sensor node, and also for attaching own hardware developments (e.g. sensors or actuators) to a Particle Network.
• Extreme low power consumption
• Long battery lifetime
• 868 MHz ISM license free frequency band
• High speed
• 2.4 GHz worldwide license free frequency band
zPart family shares every characteristic with the pPart family except for the RF front-end. This family implements IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee for communication between the Particle Nodes. Since the zPart family operates in the worldwide reserved 2.4 GHz ISM band, it is the optimal solution for any application requiring worldwide interoperability.
uPart family is dedicated to applications where the cost of the devices and the large size of the sensor network are the dominant factors.
• Low cost
• Small size
• Large networks