The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), announced Tuesday that eight member companies have achieved certification for 20 silicon platforms which form the basis for ZigBee 3.0 products.
The large number of certifications gives product developers broad supply chain options for building lighting solutions, energy devices, sensors, controllers, gateways and other IoT objects that will work together using the industry’s most widely deployed common language between IoT devices.
The ZigBee Alliance creates, maintains and delivers open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and control the world using IoT. An open, non-profit ecosystem of more than 400 companies representing 37 countries, the Alliance is developing and promoting leading IoT standards across a range of consumer, commercial and industrial monitoring and control applications.
ZigBee 3.0 certified products based on the new platforms will be backward-compatible with existing ZigBee certified products that, collectively, represent a large installed base of IoT products. They will connect and communicate using the same IoT language – speaking with each other and with millions of earlier ZigBee certified solutions already deployed in smart homes, buildings and neighborhood area networks.
Central to the ZigBee Alliance value proposition is a commitment to standardizing product development across all IoT networking layers, from the lower layers defining how products connect, all the way to the critically important application layer that determines whether products can communicate, perform tasks with each other, and deliver a consistent, satisfying and secure user experience.
The organization believes its unique application-layer focus is poised to help unify a fragmented IoT that, until now, has been divided into multiple independent segments with products that couldn’t interoperate without complex communication “translation” solutions – making it difficult to unlock growth opportunities or fuel innovation in smart homes, workplaces and cities.
“This is a key milestone for the ZigBee Alliance, and gives IoT product developers the confidence of multiple silicon platform sources with which to create innovative, interoperable and future-proofed products and services,” said Mike Krell, IoT analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy.
Certified ZigBee 3.0 silicon platforms are now available from Atmel, Exegin, Qorvo (formerly GreenPeak Technologies), NXP, Samsung, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments and ubisys, which serves the large community of ARM-based SOC developers. Many ZigBee Alliance companies are also building product offerings on top of these silicon platforms, such as module vendors and contract engineering firms including CEL (California Eastern Laboratories), Digi, DSR, MMB Networks, Murata and San Juan Software.
“The strength of the ZigBee Alliance and our technologies has always been the diversity of our membership, which translates to choice in the supply chain and options around product development and support,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance President and CEO. “With this first wave of certified ZigBee silicon platforms to choose from – and an ecosystem of ZigBee module, engineering and development tool vendors – we have opened a wide door to a new era of IoT growth and success.”
“These are just the first of what we believe will be dozens of compliant silicon platform options as we move through 2017 and beyond, and will precede a wave of ZigBee certified end products,” said Victor Berrios, Vice President of Technology, ZigBee Alliance. “Their availability, accompanied by the proliferation of our common, application-layer IoT language, will help drive benefits and capabilities to a significantly broader range of IoT applications and markets.”