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Groups ink licensing deals for ZigBee apps

Posted: 14 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zigbee compliant devices? wireless networking? sensicast systems? software technologies?

Wireless networking groups Sensicast Systems and Software Technologies Group have agreed a cross licensing deal covering developments in Zigbee compliant devices.

Software Technologies Group (STG) has licensed Sensicast's 802.15.4 MAC layer and operating system for use as a core software component of STG's ZigBee and embedded wireless network software offerings. As part of the deal Sensicast is licensing STG's ZigBee protocol stack software.

The licensing agreement was announced at this week's ZigBee Alliance Open House in Chicago.

The deal allows Sensicast to offer choice of sensor networking protocols on its long-range 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4 hardware module. STG will offer the Sensicast IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer and Sensicast Operating System as part of the software they provide to OEMs for developing embedded wireless hardware. STG will offer the MAC and operating system to their clients immediately.

"It is very important that our sensor networking platform supports a wide variety of protocols to address the varying needs of our customers," said Paul Sereiko, CEO of Sensicast.

"For difficult industrial environments where reliability is vital, we offer our proven, ultra-reliable SensiNet protocol. Other less critical applications in friendlier environments could be ideal for solutions that employ the ZigBee networking protocol. STG's embedded firmware development expertise helps us get a ZigBee offering to market faster," added Sereiko.

Sensicast says its Modular Interchangeable Networking Device (MIND) platform is the most flexible for fast development of wireless mesh networks. It helps sensor developers select among a combination of frequencies, sensors, applications, and networking protocols. The STG ZigBee stack will add standards-based support for the MIND platform.

- John Walko

EE Times

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