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Freescale, Nivis develop wireless platform for industrial apps

Posted: 17 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless solution? mesh network? industrial application? microcontroller?

Freescale Semiconductor and Nivis LLC plans to combine their respective technologies to provide a total wired-to-wireless platform for commercial and industrial sensor mesh networks. The combined hardware/software platform solution includes sensor interface, radio module, router/gateway, security manager and advanced network manager capabilities for emerging wireless standards in the industrial and commercial sector.

"This breakthrough collaboration between Nivis and Freescale brings to market a development platform serving as a building block for a wide range of commercial and industrial wireless solutions," said Marius Chilom, CEO of Nivis. "We offer an array of high-quality options so wireless device builders can pick and choose the components that best serve their needs. Our close relationship with Freescale enables us to offer a highly optimized solution. Multiple standards are supported on the same radio platform, which is a very appealing proposition for device developers."

The Freescale and Nivis development platform is designed to provide developers with a rapid, cost-effective way to evaluate ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and 6LoWPAN stacks on Freescale MCUs and embedded processors. It enables device developers to create wireless sensor mesh network solutions with minimal effort, expense and time-to-market. Nivis contributes the software, and Freescale provides the embedded hardware options. The platform is based on Freescale's broad portfolios of ColdFire microcontrollers, Power Architecture processors and processors based on ARM cores.

"Working together, Freescale and Nivis are delivering a comprehensive wireless sensor network solution designed to provide an exceptional range of hardware and software application completeness," said Aiden Mitchell, director of industrial and multi-market microcontrollers at Freescale. "The combination of Freescale silicon and development boards with Nivis wireless connectivity software provides developers with a best-in-class platform solution designed to drive innovation in the industrial wireless market." With the release of the joint Freescale and Nivis platform, device developers will have the opportunity to purchase reference designs from both companies or buy components to build their own end-to-end final wireless solution off the shelf with both Nivis software and Freescale components.

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