DALLAS, 05.08.2011 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), the industry leader in highly integrated connectivity solutions and a Promoter member of the ZigBee® Alliance, today announced that it achieved ZigBee Certified status for its ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) 1.1 standard implementation, recently introduced by the ZigBee Alliance. TI is pleased to announce the availability of its new Z-Stack(TM) 2.5.0 with support for ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1, geared towards home area networks (HAN). Proving its leadership in the development of low-power wireless applications such as industrial monitoring and control, smart metering, building automation and more, TI's ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 profile gives developers the confidence and means necessary to interoperate with various implementations. TI's Z-Stack 2.5.0 with ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 is available royalty-free to all using TI's ZigBee-compliant hardware platforms. For more information, visit www.ti.com/zigbee-pr-eu.
"TI is committed to staying ahead of the game in the connectivity space, and we are thrilled to provide our customers with the latest features of ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1," said Laurent Giai-Miniet, managing director, Low-Power RF business unit, TI. "Our new Z-Stack 2.5.0 will unleash a wider range of interoperable, consumer-friendly HAN products for monitoring things such as energy consumption - a key requirement for the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid program and initiatives out of the European Union. We will also continue to deliver Smart Energy-compliant software for future generations, including the forthcoming SEP 2.0."
"As a leader in the Smart Grid industry, Sensus is pleased to work with TI in driving greener utilities and energy production worldwide," said David Ayers, vice president of engineering at Sensus. "The Sensus iCON® smart meters use Smart Energy 1.1 to deliver information that helps consumers make better decisions on when and how they can save energy. This is a pivotal step in smarter energy consumption, and - together with TI - we are dedicated to continued advancements in this space."
TI's products and rich history in the ZigBee market
TI's Z-Stack is an industry-leading, Golden-Unit status ZigBee protocol stack, aimed at the growing portfolio of IEEE 802.15.4 products and platforms. The protocol is compliant with the ZigBee 2007 specification, supporting both ZigBee and ZigBee PRO feature sets on various TI hardware platforms such as the CC2530 system-on-chip, ultra-low-power MSP430(TM) microcontroller + CC2520 transceiver, and Stellaris® Cortex(TM) -M microcontroller + CC2520 transceiver. The high-performance radios feature excellent coexistence with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies, along with other 2.4GHz-based solutions.
With more than 15 years in the smart metering market, TI delivers leading-edge system products, software and tools for grid infrastructure, utility metering, power line communications (PLC), and home and building automation development. TI delivers state-of-the art ZigBee solutions for smart grid and other markets, and will continue to bring new ZigBee developments to market in the future.
Tools, availability, packaging and price
The Z-Stack 2.5.0 is available today from TI's website, royalty-free to all using TI's ZigBee compliant hardware platforms. TI's ZigBee development kits are available on TI's e-store. The kits contain additional nodes for experimenting with the mesh capabilities of ZigBee, and are preprogrammed with a ZigBee demo application, giving customers ZigBee directly out of the box. A specific kit also demonstrates the concept with a CC2530 running the Z-Stack and a small MSP microcontroller running the application code.
Find out more about TI's ZigBee, Smart Grid and wireless connectivity solutions:
- TI's ZigBee solutions: www.ti.com/zigbee-pr-eu
- TI's E2E(TM) ZigBee online forum: www.ti.com/zigbee-forum
- TI's Smart Grid solutions: www.ti.com/smartgrid
- TI's wireless connectivity solutions: www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivity
TI provides the industry's broadest portfolio of mature, low-power wireless connectivity solutions. With expertise in more than a dozen technologies, TI ensures customers the best-suited wireless connectivity for every type of application. TI's product portfolio is complemented with the support and tools that customers and developers need to quickly and easily bring wirelessly connected designs to market. Visit the company's Wireless Connectivity Portal for an overview of TI-supported technologies, the full product portfolio, and example use cases.
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