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Z-Wave platform tweaked for home control designs

Posted: 22 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sigma Designs? OEM? service providers? home control products?

System-on-chip solutions provider Sigma Designs has recently unveiled its "Z-Wave Wave Next Gen" product portfolio. The new platform is aimed at OEM and service providers which develop home control products and are touted to market substantially faster at lower cost with customisable reference designs and with new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory.

The platform consists of the following:
-Z-Ware, the middleware for home control that forms an intelligent application programming interface (API) and provides capabilities such as Configuration, Scenes and Device Control, Schedules, and Statistics
-Z-Ware Apps, the fully customisable user interface reference designs that provide a consistent look and feel across multiple platforms including PC, TV, tablet, smartphone, and other cloud based services
- ZIPR, a reference design to handle all translation between Z-Wave, IP and the Z-Wave mesh network;
-Z/IP Gateway, the gateway reference designs that transforms IP protocol commands to Z-Wave command and vice versa
-UZB, a USB Z-Wave controller reference design to enable Z-Wave functionality via a USB port
-Next Gen 500 Series chips and modules to support consumer hardware manufacturing with increased memory allowing for more product features, better RF properties and lower standby power consumption.

The introduction of this next-generation portfolio builds on Z-Wave's growth in the home control market with over 700 interoperable devices, including products and services from companies such as AT&T, Verizon, ADT, Iwatsu, Danfoss and more.

"Quick and efficient deployment, cost reductions, and an improved customer experience are all goals that our partners strive to achieve," said Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager of home connectivity at Sigma Designs. "The Z-Wave Next Gen platform empowers developers through a flexible yet simplified solution that allows them to focus on consumers' needs, while significantly reducing their time to market."

"Z-Wave has made significant steps forward on multiple levels. The Z-Ware platform, Z/IP gateways, and Next Gen 500 series chips and modules provide an end-to-end solution that allows manufacturers and service providers to bring products to market faster. Z-Wave products will have greater capability, flexibility, and lower costs, further accelerating a rapidly growing home control market," said Tom Kerber, Director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates.

For more information on Sigma Designs and the Z-Wave product offerings, please visit

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