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ZigBee Alliance announces 20 ZigBee 3.0 platform certifications from eight silicon providers

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), has announced that eight member companies have achieved certification for 20 silicon platforms, which form the basis for ZigBee 3.0 products.  

December 9, 2016  By  SP&T Staff

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.  
“This is a key milestone for the ZigBee Alliance, and gives IoT product developers the confidence of multiple silicon platform sources with which to create innovative, interoperable and future-proofed products and services,” said Mike Krell, IoT analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy.  
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.
“The strength of the ZigBee Alliance and our technologies has always been the diversity of our membership, which translates to choice in the supply chain and options around product development and support,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance President and CEO.
ZigBee 3.0 certified products based on the new platforms will be backward-compatible with existing ZigBee certified 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 neighbourhood area networks.

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