Category Archives: ZigBee

TI Predicts Rapid ZigBee Adoption

Texas Instruments sees rapid adoption of its ZigBee products in 2008. According to the company, its Z-Stack, whose CC2420 transceiver and CC2430 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) have obtained certification, gained Golden Unit status, indicating that it is the first platform to implement the newest ZigBee version and get clearance from one of two ZigBee qualified testing labs.Continue Reading

ZigBee Alliance Updates Standard

The ZigBee Alliance is updating its standard, which promises more choice and control. The update is designed to stop a single point-of-failure on the network and enables OEMs to generate groups of devices while letting individual devices to belong to multiple groups. The enhanced Zigbee, which the company plans to release to the public inContinue Reading

Ember Raises $12M

ZigBee, a wireless technology standard that relies on low-power, low data-rate chips to automate electronic devices, is helping Boston-based Ember raise enough revenue to meet the demand for the chips. Homes and businesses use the chips for everyday appliances, inventory management, and monitoring systems; roughly 10 billion microcontrollers are installed in everyday items each year.Continue Reading

ZigBee Startup Takes Money Raised To $65 Million

Ember Corp, a ZigBee start up has raised another $12 million for a total venture capital investment of $65 Million. ZigBee technology (Short range wireless connectivity) is expected to be $1 billion between 2008 and 2010. Ember Corp seems to be in a good position to become a player. Via []Continue Reading

Airbee Wireless Deepens Commitment To ZigBee

Airbee Wireless is aiming to make ZigBee implementation a bit easier for OEMs through the creation of a new business services unit that will focus on assisting in application development, protocol stack feature modification and network deployment support. Via []Continue Reading

IBM’s WPAN Chipset Aims To Replace High-Def Cables, Bluetooth

The breakthrough bipolar CMOS (BiCMOS) chip announced today by IBM at the International Solid State Circuits Conference may be exactly what the IEEE had in mind when it convened task force 802.15.3c in March of last year. But the chip that would make it possible for high-definition CE devices to stream content between each otherContinue Reading

ZigBee Interoperability ‘Not A Problem’

Zigbee products will hit the market this year and a lack of interoperability testing of the technology will not be a problem, according to Freescale Semiconductor. Via []Continue Reading

TI Completes $200M ZigBee Acqusition

Texas Instruments Inc. has added a ZigBee play to its portfolio of high performance analog chips with the completion of its acquisition of Chipcon. Via []Continue Reading

ZigBee Bursts Onto Wireless PAN

Products based on ZigBee – the low power, mesh radio technology – will come on tap this year and make a big impact in industrial controls, according to demos at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium this week. Via []Continue Reading

Cisco Takes ‘Strategic’ Stake In Home Networking Group

Cisco has made a ‘strategic investment’ in home control specialist Zensys. The network giant’s interest is directed towards Zensys’ Z-Wave wireless home control technology. Via []Continue Reading

Ember, ST Team For ZigBee Chip Platforms

ST Microelectronics and Ember Corporation have teamed to develop complete solutions, including hardware, software and tools, for the fast growing ZigBee wireless networking market. Via []Continue Reading

Cisco: Zensys Investment Stymies ZigBee’s Progress

Cisco Systems has revealed that it is making an undisclosed investment in Zensys, developer of the Z-Wave wireless mesh networking technology. While this move is a huge fillip for Zensys, it constitutes a setback for the development of the standards-based ZigBee protocol to which Z-Wave is an alternative. Via []Continue Reading

ZigBee Alliance To Certify Product Compliance

The ZigBee Alliance said Thursday that it would begin designating products as “ZigBee Certified” to ensure that they are fully interoperable “out of box” and can easily enter into a ZigBee network. Via []Continue Reading

INSTEON Wants To Control Your Home

Move over, Zigbee and Z-Wave. A new contender has thrown its hat in the ring. Via []Continue Reading

Partnership Adds ZigBee Stack For Asia

Jennic is working with Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (III) to provide a ZigBee stack on its JN5121 microcontroller for Asia-Pacific market. Via []Continue Reading