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Silicon Labs gets ZigBee IP golden unit certification

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IPv6? 6LoWPAN? PANA? RPL? TCP?

Silicon Labs has revealed that its Ember ZigBee solutionssilicon devices, software and development toolshave received Golden Unit certification from the ZigBee Alliance for the newly released ZigBee IP specification. ZigBee IP is the first open standard for IPv6-based wireless mesh networking solutions, providing seamless, end-to-end Internet connectivity and a scalable architecture to control low-power devices, noted the company.

The new ZigBee IP specification adds network and security layers and an application framework to the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. It supports cost-effective, energy-efficient wireless mesh networks based on standard Internet protocols such as IPv6, 6LoWPAN, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP. Ultimately, ZigBee IP will provide a standards-based foundation for Internet of Things (IoT) applications ranging from smart meters for the smart grid to in-home energy management systems to wireless sensor networks.

As one of the first to be certified by the ZigBee Alliance, Silicon Labs' Ember ZigBee solutions, including EM35x wireless SoC devices, Ember ZigBee IP networking software and development tools, will serve as a preferred development platform for building and testing future connected products based on the ZigBee IP specification. The Golden Unit certification process instills confidence among developers and end users that all connected device products for the IoT from different vendors will interoperate seamlessly.

Silicon Labs' Ember ZigBee solutions include EM35x wireless devices, EmberZNet PRO software and development tools, providing a comprehensive, scalable platform for 2.4GHz wireless mesh networking applications. The most widely used ZigBee platform for mesh networking applications, EM35x devices can be deployed as SoCs for cost-sensitive, low-power sensor networks and other simple connected devices or configured as network coprocessors (NCPs) for complex applications running on high-performance applications processors. The EM35x devices integrate a 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transceiver with an 8dBm power amplifier, ARM Cortex-M3 processor, up to 192kB flash memory and 12kB RAM.

EM35x devices are tightly integrated with Silicon Labs' EmberZNet PRO mesh networking protocol stack. Deployed in more wireless networking products than any other ZigBee stack, EmberZNet PRO software provides enhancements for robustness, scalability and ease-of-use even in larger networks and more challenging environments. The software stack is complemented by the Ember Desktop development environment, which reduces design time by providing sophisticated visualisation and debugging tools and application templates for the ZigBee Smart Energy, Home Automation and Light Link profiles.

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