Silicon Labs adds to wireless portfolio with Ember Zigbee solutions

Silicon Laboratories has announced the addition of Ember ZigBee solutions to its portfolio of low-power wireless embedded devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Available through Silicon Labs” global distribution channel, the EM35x system-on-chip (SoC) and network co-processor (NCP) products and EmberZNet PRO software will enable designers to develop high-performance, low-power and reliable 2.4 GHz wireless mesh networking solutions for the rapidly growing IoT market.

Industry experts predict that the number of connected devices for the IoT will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and reach 50 billion nodes by 2020. By adding Ember ZigBee solutions to its portfolio of sub-GHz wireless ICs, wireless microcontrollers (MCUs), and 8- and 32-bit mixed-signal MCUs, Silicon Labs is now well positioned to provide both the wireless connectivity and low-power processing platforms for the connected devices that enable the IoT.

The Ember ZigBee platform is the most integrated, comprehensive and feature-rich ZigBee solution available for 2.4 GHz wireless networks. 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 NCPs for complex applications running on high-performance applications processors. The EM35x devices integrate a 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver with an +8 dBm power amplifier, ARM Cortex-M3 core, up to 192 kB flash memory and 12 kB RAM. The Ember ZigBee devices offer superior message latency and data throughput and at least 25 percent longer battery life than any other ZigBee solution.

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

The Ember ZigBee platform complements Silicon Labs” portfolio of EZRadio and EZRadioPRO sub-GHz transceivers and Si10xx wireless MCUs, which provide high-performance, low-power solutions for point-to-point and star networking applications that require extended wireless range, high bandwidth and long battery life.

“Silicon Labs now provides a broad-range of wireless solutions offering world-class integration, exceptional performance, low power consumption, standards-based software and ease of use,” said Bob LeFort, general manager of Silicon Labs” Ember ZigBee solutions. “Combined with an innovative portfolio of ultra-low-power MCUs, sensor and energy harvesting products, Silicon Labs is well positioned to be the leading silicon supplier for the smart energy, connected home, and other remote monitoring and control applications enabling the Internet of Things.”


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