Completion of conformance test by the ZigBee Alliance gives Chipcon and its subsidiary, Figure 8 Wireless, two ZigBee platforms to bring to market
Oslo, Norway and San Diego California (April 11, 2005) - Chipcon AS, the leading provider of low power, low data rate RF ICs, its subsidiary Figure 8 Wireless, the leading provider of ZigBee ready software and firmware and the ZigBeeÔ Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard announced today that certification has been granted to two platforms based on Figure 8 Wireless' Z -Stack. The platforms certified by the Alliance today are based on the Chipcon CC2420, and the Freescale MC13192 IEEE 802.15.4 RF chips.
The certification means that OEMs developing on those platforms are developing products that are certifiable by the ZigBee Alliance and can one day carry a ZigBee certified logo after completing limited testing of their own. Chipcon is a ZigBee Alliance Promoter along with Honeywell, Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola, Samsung, Philips, Mitsubishi and privately held Ember.
"The advent of certification is something our Figure 8 Team has worked towards for two long years," commented Geir Førre, President and CEO of Chipcon AS. "The market now has two solid, certified commercial grade platforms shipping essentially the same 1s and 0s. This means choice for OEMs and also satisfies dual -source requirements an OEM might have internally."
The Z -Stack is currently bundled with Chipcon's and Freescale's ZigBee hardware development kits. Z -Stack is backed up by a complete package of products for the developer including Z -Tool, an embedded programming environment available directly from Figure 8 for either platform, developer's training and support.
Bob Heile, Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance added, "Certification of Figure 8 Wireless' Z -Stack in the first group is testament to the Company's expertise in wireless networking and ZigBee in particular. This step takes the industry to the next level."
Glen Allmendinger, President of Harbor Research stated, "This is a culmination of a process we have been following closely. Standards based wireless device networking has finally arrived, with Chipcon and Figure 8 Wireless in a clear position to lead this new and emerging market."
About Chipcon AS
Chipcon is a leading provider of proprietary and standards based CMOS RF -ICs for wireless connectivity. Chipcon's RF -ICs provide low -cost, low -power and high -performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications. Chipcon's single -chip high -performance RF transceivers and transmitters target low -power wireless applications in the 300 to 1000 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bands and are distributed worldwide. For more information, visit Chipcon's Web site at www.chipcon.com, e -mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the company directly at
About Figure 8 Wireless, Inc.
Figure 8 Wireless is leading the way in wireless device connectivity and networking based on the Zigbee/802.15.4 standards. Figure 8's Z -Stack and Z -Tools embedded software and development tools are in the hands of OEM device manufacturers on four continents. Figure 8 Wireless provides it's embedded ZigBee networking software to the world's leading providers of 802.15.4 RF chipsets including sister company Chipcon along with partners Freescale Semiconductor and Atmel. http://www.f8w.com, e -mail at email@example.com or call the company directly at (858) 552 -8500 x9.
ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBeeÔ Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost -effective, low -power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non -profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end -users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.