Connectibity vendor D-Link and chip and IoT firm Silicon Labs have partnered to ‘accelerate smart home technology development and deployment’.The collaboration brings D-Link’s strength in consumer networking devices with Silicon Labs’ expertise in developing semiconductors and the Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking technologies, such as ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi.
These Thread devices to be demonstrated at CES can’t actually send commands to each other, unless they speak the same language. So, which application layer will each of those Thread products be using? Every time the electronics industry rolls out new technologies, the inevitable question is: “What’s the killer app?” The killer app question is what many vendors, especially in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, have struggled to answer. This is largely because on the home front alone, IoT covers such a broad spectrum — ranging from door locks, thermostats, light bulbs and tablets to set-tops and smart TVs. In a recent interview with EE Times, Skip Ashton, vice president of software at Silicon Labs, said, “Yeah, I get that question a lot.”
Source: Thread’s Killer App? | EE Times
Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced the acquisition of Telegesis, a leading supplier of wireless mesh networking modules based on Silicon Labs’ market-leading ZigBee® technology. A privately held company founded in 1998 and based near London, Telegesis has established itself as a ZigBee expert with strong momentum in the smart energy market, providing ZigBee module solutions to many of the world’s top smart metering manufacturers.
Silicon Labs unveiled reference designs for home automation and lighting networks, based on its ZigBee SoC and middleware plus a Raspberry Pi-based gateway.Silicon Labs, which bills itself as the ZigBee market share leader, has integrated its ZigBee “Golden Unit” Home Automation (HA 1.2) software stack, “EM358x” ZigBee mesh networking SoC, and various ZigBee sensor and lighting technologies in several reference designs for home automation. The Dimmable Light Switch, Connected Lighting, Door/Window Contact Sensor reference designs work with a WiFi and Ethernet ready ZigBee Gateway Reference Design that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B SBC.
Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions for a smarter, more connected world, today introduced a series of comprehensive reference designs that reduce time to market and simplify the development of ZigBee®-based home automation, connected lighting and smart gateway products. The first in a series of turnkey IoT solutions from Silicon Labs, the new reference designs include the hardware, firmware and software tools that developers need to create interoperable, scalable, feature-rich connected home products based on Silicon Labs’ robust, industry-leading ZigBee “Golden Unit” Home Automation (HA 1.2) software stack and ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC) mesh networking technology.
Silicon Labs has released a new series of reference designs that can help reduce time to market and simplify the development of ZigBee-based home automation, connected lighting and smart gateway products. The cost effective reference designs are the first in a series of IoT solutions from Silicon Labs that include the hardware, firmware and software tools that developers need to create interoperable and scalable connected home products based on Silicon Labs’ ZigBee “Golden Unit” Home Automation (HA 1.2) s
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Silicon Labs SLAB, -0.22% a leading provider of semiconductor and software solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the three winners of the “Your IoT Connected World” design contest.Digi-Key, the primary sponsor of the contest, supplied $10,000 worth of Silicon Labs components to each winner. The winners will select the Silicon Labs components they need (microcontrollers, wireless chips, sensors, boards and more) to bring their prize-winning IoT ideas to market as commercially viable products.
About a year ago (July last year), Nest, along with several other companies, joined together to form the Thread Group consortium, in an effort to bring a more secure low-power networking protocol for IoT devices.The founding members included Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, but now the group contains over 120 new members.
The Thread Group’s network-layer spec for home automation is done and has been released to members, exactly one year after Google’s Nest Labs launched the Internet of Things (IoT) group with six founding partners, mostly chip-makers.Now another silicon maker, Qualcomm, has joined the Thread board. The powerhouse behind AllJoyn IoT technology and the AllSeen Alliance joins new board members Tyco and Somfy, as well as Thread founders Nest, ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Samsung (chip division, not CE), Silicon Labs, and Yale Security.
Silicon Labs has introduced a complete Wireless M-Bus platform solution designed to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters for electricity, gas, water and heat resources in the European market.
A comprehensive smart metering solution it includes the Wireless M-Bus software stack and wireless starter kits. The Wireless M-Bus solution is portable across Silicon Labs’ wide array of ARM-based microcontrollers (MCUs) and sub-GHz wireless ICs, and it supports all modes for smart metering in Europe including the popular 169 MHz N modes.