ZigBee Alliance accelerates IoT unification

The ZigBee Alliance said 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.

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.

ZigBee 3.0 certified products based on the new platforms will be backward-compatible with existing ZigBee certified products that, collectively, represent the world´s largest installed base of IoT products. They will not just connect but also 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 ZigBee Alliance creates, maintains and delivers open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and control your world in the Internet of Things (IoT). An open, non-profit ecosystem of more than 400 companies representing 37 countries, the Alliance is developing and promoting the world´s leading IoT standards across a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial monitoring and control applications.