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May 20, 2009

Interoperability between IP and Z-Wave enhances home control networks

Sigma allows for the use of IP technology onto low cost devices

By CBR Staff Writer

Sigma, a provider of digital media processing SoC solutions, released the IP-Wave single chip system that provides interoperability between Z-Wave wireless home control and the widespread IP standards.

IP-Wave technology works by a single chip that is embedded in home consumer products , once embedded it allows home lights, appliances, HVAC systems, entertainment centres and security systems to connect over a Z-Wave wireless mesh network and via the Internet, for energy management and home remote control.

By converging Z-Wave and IP, Sigma allows for the use of IP technology and knowledge in new applications directly onto low-cost, low-power devices.

Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing for Sigma Designs, said: “Running an IP stack on the Z-Wave single chip solution is a major stepping stone in the opening of the Z-Wave technology and it further supports the role of Z-Wave’s ecosystem in the digital home. Like home entertainment networks, it is also imperative that home control networks be able to interface with the Internet. Interoperability between IP and Z-Wave is a crucial step in the process.”

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