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Alliance forged to promote ZigBee standard

Posted: 23 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zigbee? wireless connectivity? wireless appliances? consumer electronics? pc peripherals?

Invensys PL, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Motorola Inc., and Royal Philips Electronics, have formed a non-profit corporation to drive the creation and further development of the ZigBee wireless connectivity standard for a new low-cost, low power consumption wireless technology. The ZigBee Alliance members' focus on developing interoperable wireless appliances and devices is expected to provide customers with a greater choice of wireless solutions that are cost-effective, easy to use, reliable, and secure. The alliance currently consists of over 25 member companies.

The ZigBee wireless connectivity solution will be embedded in consumer electronics, home and building automation, industrial controls, PC peripherals, medical sensor applications, toys, and games. The ZigBee standard aims at providing customers with the freedom, flexibility, and convenience of a standards-based world without wires.

The ZigBee standard uses very small, low-power devices to connect together to form a wireless control web. A ZigBee network is capable of supporting up to 254 client nodes plus one full functional device (master). ZigBee protocol is optimized for long battery life, which is measured in months to years, from off-the-shelf non-rechargeable batteries, and can control lighting, air conditioning and heating, smoke and fire alarms, and other security devices.

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