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ZigBee member shifts to India for wireless R&D

Posted: 23 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:airbee wireless? platform-agnostic software? wireless? microcontroller? transceiver chips?

Airbee Wireless Inc., a ZigBee Alliance member, has established a research and development center in the south Indian city of Chennai.

Billing itself as one of the few companies offering platform-agnostic software, Airbee's software nevertheless has to be made compatible with hardware. The $1 million center Indian center will tackle this compatibility work, the company said.

Estimating the global value for ZigBee-compliant software to be $8 billion by 2008, Airbee expects companies will see greater demand for their software products over the next four years. It also has offices here targeting embedded software providers as potential Airbee customers.

Airbee CEO Raj Sundaresan said it has a leg up over competitors in markets where wireless voice, data, video communication are used to make other products perform better. "Our initial objective was to design, build and implement a scalable and affordable wireless connectivity solution that could operate on multiple platforms. Having now achieved that objective, we intend to play an integral role in the evolution of the wireless world," Sundaresan said.

Airbee's design criteria focuses on lowest possible power consumption, platform freedom, smallest possible size, multi-protocol capabilities and a scaleable architecture. Its products also support several standard interfaces. Airbee said its software also works with many microcontroller and transceiver chips, providing communication ranges from 10ft or less to one mile or more.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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