Not Just Another wireless module.  
Not Just Another Custom Design Shop.

MMB Networks provides customers with a best of both worlds experience: the expertise and customization of a full-service design shop, with the cost and time-to-market of an out-of-the-boxhardware and software platform. 

Customers looking to integrate ZigBee and/or Thread can do so completely independently with RapidConnect Development Kits. Or take advantage of MMB’s experience and resources to assist with integration; from adapting RapidConnect to your device’s existing protocols, to designing custom hardware, to full integration support. 

Our goal is to get you connected quickly, affordably and reliably, to the markets you’re pursuing today — and tomorrow.


What is RapidConnect?

RapidConnect embedded software platform enables IoT devices across major connected home systems, including Icontrol Networks’ OpenHomeTM. RapidConnect automates robust, market-tested ZigBee networking, and adapts to different connected home ecosystems — so you can focus on your device, not interoperability.

RapidConnect is much more than the typical AT command set on most IoT modules; it automatically performs complex tasks such as network joining, service discovery, event caching and command processing, abstracting them over a simple serial or Java-based API.



ZigBee Integration Challenges

With wide availability of RF modules like MMB’s the biggest gap in connectivity is not hardware, but the software to connect to a variety of similar, but unique platforms. MMB removes this burden with fully developed and automated embedded software that is market-ready out of the box, and can easily be adapted to fit a wide range of applications, and the needs of individual OEM products.


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RapidConnect enables you to:

  • Add connectivity to your devices in weeks
  • Dramatically cut development costs
  • Sell to multiple platforms, markets, and channels, with minimum SKUs
  • Ensure market acceptance with proven connectivity and world-class support




Why RapidConnect?


Market Access

RapidConnect allows you to sell your product into multiple markets with a single connectivity solution - from cable and telcos, to big box retailers, to major utilities and DR Providers. Or to enable your own independent platform or connected home application.

Accelerated Time-To-Market

RapidConnect allows you to leapfrog development and integrate the latest and upcoming standard versions into your new products —and to support your customers and sales channels by keeping them up to date as standards evolve.



Flexible Serial and Java Interfaces

In addition to RapidConnect’s Serial Protocol, MMB has a full-featured Java library to simplify the process of integration. The library was used successfully by a major Service Provider to Smart Energy enable their platform with two weeks of work.

No Stranded Assets

All of our modules include additional serial flash, which allows for robust support of over-the-air updates. Customers’ products can be field upgraded to add features or the latest ZigBee standard. 


Not just another ZigBee Module

New! MMB announces new Freescale/NXP KW22 based 802.15.4 module to support ZigBee and Thread applications. Specifications and ordering information coming soon!

MMB’s RapidConnect modules provide an automated ZigBee connectivity solution that dramatically reduces development cost, and connects your products to multiple markets.

Most wireless modules help get you over the RF design challenge, but still leave you with the challenge of building and supporting a substantial network application. All RapidConnect modules include MMB’s RapidConnect embedded software. More than just a reference design or an AT command set, RapidConnect is a fully automated ZigBee Smart Energy or Home Automation embedded software package, accessible via a simple serial interface, or adaptable to your products’ existing protocols. This lets you focus resources on your products while providing a robust, field-hardened networking platform that can evolve with future standards.

Read more about RapidConnect >

RapidConnect modules are designed to offer a complete connectivity solution for your products now, and in the future. All our modules include adjustable power amplification (up to 20dBm), chip antennas, and on-board serial flash, supporting over-the-air upgrades without requiring the addition of external components to your product.

Flexible Options for any Application

MMB Networks’ RapidConnect ZigBee modules have been deployed in a wide range of ZigBee-certified products and devices and are designed with flexible options for a variety of applications. RapidConnect modules are available in configurations including chip or U.FL antenna, surface mount, multi-SIP, or “USNAP” form factors. They can also be software configured for different power amplification levels, supporting different geographic markets with a single SKU.


Key Features:

  • Includes RapidConnect embedded software
  • Power amplified 20 dBm, software configurable for regional compliance
  • UART or SPI communication options
  • Available with in multiple configurations and antenna options.




RapidConnect ZigBee Module Datasheet (Z357PA2x)

RapidConnect ZigBee Module Datasheet (Z357PA4x | Increased GPIOs)

Available for purchase at:

Avnet  |  Digikey


RapidConnect USB Sticks

RapidConnect USB Sticks utilize the same EM357 SoC as our other modules, but it offers a convenient USB stick form factor. It can serve as a companion to the RapidSE Desktop Software or as a simple way to add ZigBee connectivity to any device with a USB port.

The USB stick utilizes a power amplified radio (20 dBm) and can be flashed through our RapidSE Desktop Software to serve as a coordinator, router, or end device on a ZigBee network.

Key Features:

  • Based on EM357 SoC
  • Includes RapidConnect embedded software
  • RX Sensitivity: -106 dBm
  • Power amplified TX (21 dBm)
  • Dimensions (excluding USB connector): 80mm x 22mm x 10mm
  • 192 kB Flash, plus 512kB of serial flash
  • 127 dB link budget



Zigbee Development Boards

The RapidConnect Development Board is a simple and flexible piece of hardware that allows developers to connect a RapidConnect ZigBee Module to their device or a PC running RapidConnect Desktop Software. The development board has connections for USB, UART, SPI, and an Ember InSight port. Many of our customers produce early prototypes of their new ZigBee-connected devices using a RapidConnect Development Board so that they can demonstrate and assess the device before updating the design to directly integrate a RapidConnect ZigBee Module.

Key Features:

  • Based on EM357 SoC
  • Available pre-programmed with RapidSE and RapidHA application, which fully automates the complexity of the ZigBee Profiles
  • UART or SPI communication adjustable through firmware update
  • Estimated RX Sensitivity: -99 dBm
  • Power amplified TX (20 dBm)
  • Dimensions: 71.8mm x 46.7mm
  • 192 kB Flash, plus 512 kB of serial flash
  • 119 dB link budget
  • 128 μS wakeup
  • JTAG interface for programming and debugging




RapidConnect Development Board Datasheet


Available for purchase at:

Avnet  |  Digi-key


RapidConnect Desktop

RapidConnect Desktop is an indispensable tool for anyone integrating or working with ZigBee Smart Energy or ZigBee Home automation networks.

RapidConnect Desktop is designed to assist developers in integrating RapidSE or RapidHA, and serve as a robust control and test platform for ZigBee networks and devices.

In conjunction with a RapidConnect USB Stick, RapidConnect Desktop allows your desktop to simulate a ZigBee Smart Energy or ZigBee Home Automation devices.

The application will generate and transmit every frame in the RapidConnect Serial Protocol. This allows developers to easily see how frames are generated and test functionality of peripheral ZigBee Smart Energy or ZigBee Home Automation devices.

Read more about our RapidConnect Desktop Kits >



About the RapidConnect Family

MMB Networks offers a variety of software tools and development kits to support your integration of RapidConnect hardware and software, or ZigBee development and testing with 3rd party devices and platforms.

RapidConnect comes in two versions:

  • RapidHA for Home Automation applications and
  • RapidSE for Smart Energy applications.

When purchasing from our distributors, please make sure you're selecting the correct kits.

RapidConnect Development Kits

The RapidConnect Development Kit comprises all the hardware and software tools needed to prototype and integrate ZigBee Home Automation or Smart Energy connectivity in your device. RapidConnect Kits do not require the purchase of additional hardware/software such as an Ember Development Kit or InSight Desktop.

RapidConnect Development Kits contain:

  • RapidConnect Desktop Software
  • 1 Module programming fixture
  • 2 RapidConnect ZigBee Modules
  • 3 RapidConnect Development Boards
  • 2 RapidConnect USB Sticks

Purchase a RapidConnect Home Automation Development Kit
Buy on Digi-Key
Buy on Avnet

Purchase a RapidConnect Smart Energy Development Kit
Buy on Digi-Key
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RapidConnect Desktop Kits

The RapidConnect Desktop Kit provides developers or testers with a fully-featured software platform with which to test, control, and demonstrate ZigBee Home Automation and Smart Energy devices. The Desktop kit also provides access to the RapidConnect Serial Protocol documentation and real-time output.

The RapidConnect Desktop Kit contains:

  • RapidConnect Desktop Software
  • 2 RapidConnect USB Sticks

Purchase a RapidConnect Home Automation Desktop Kit
Buy on Digi-Key
Buy on Avnet

Purchase a RapidConnect Smart Energy Desktop Kit
Buy on Digi-Key
Buy on Avnet