The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced that eight member companies have achieved certification for 20 silicon platforms which form the basis for ZigBee 3.0 products. The large number of certifications gives product developers broad supply chain options for building lighting solutions, energy devices, sensors, controllers, gateways and other IoT objects that will work together using the industry’s most widely deployed common language between IoT devices.
Certified ZigBee 3.0 silicon platforms are now available from Atmel, Exegin, Qorvo (formerly GreenPeak Technologies), NXP, Samsung, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments and ubisys, which serves the large community of ARM-based SOC developers. Many ZigBee Alliance companies are also building product offerings on top of these silicon platforms, such as module vendors and contract engineering firms including CEL (California Eastern Laboratories), Digi, DSR, MMB Networks, Murata and San Juan Software.
ZigBee 3.0 certified products based on the new platforms will be backward-compatible with existing ZigBee certified products that, collectively, represent the world’s largest installed base of IoT products. They will not just connect but also communicate using the same IoT language – speaking with each other and with millions of earlier ZigBee certified solutions already deployed in smart homes, buildings and neighborhood area networks.
Central to the ZigBee Alliance value proposition is a commitment to standardizing product development across all IoT networking layers, from the lower layers defining how products connect, all the way to the critically important application layer that determines whether products can communicate, perform tasks with each other, and deliver a consistent, satisfying and secure user experience. The organization believes its unique application-layer focus is poised to help unify a fragmented IoT that, until now, has been divided into multiple independent segments with products that couldn’t interoperate without complex communication “translation” solutions – making it difficult to unlock growth opportunities or fuel innovation in smart homes, workplaces and cities.
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