SOURCE: GainSpan


July 12, 2011 10:15 ET

SAXA Adopts GainSpan Chips for Ultra Low Power Wi-Fi Sensors

Fully Integrated Sensor and System Ideal for Wide Variety of Wireless Sensor Applications

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - GainSpan® Corporation, a leading developer of ultra low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions, announced today that SAXA, Inc., a subsidiary of SAXA Holdings, Inc. is using the GainSpan GS1011 system-on-chip (SoC) in the SAXA Wireless LAN Sensor NX-163. This Wi-Fi based sensor along with the SAXA monitoring software can be used in a large variety of applications.

The NX-163 integrates light, temperature and humidity sensors and could also be connected to external sensors to communicate sensor information over Wi-Fi to a computer or smart phone. SAXA is initially targeting the smart energy market, with the Wi-Fi based sensor being used as a sub-meter to measure and monitor energy consumption. The new device will also see applications in the agriculture, home security and fitness markets. SAXA is currently sampling this product to customers.

SAXA's Wireless LAN Sensor NX-163 integrates the GainSpan GS1011 SoC to deliver an ultra low power consumption profile for long battery life applications, in a small (92×62×29mm), lightweight (120g) and TELEC * certified package. The Wi-Fi enabled sensor easily interfaces to the existing Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) infrastructure for a wide variety of condition monitoring applications.

"Our collaboration with GainSpan has been very beneficial in bringing our newest wireless sensor to market," said Mr. Shigeru Suzuki, Manager, Hardware Development Dept. Research & Development Division of SAXA, Inc. "GainSpan's Wi-Fi chip is optimized for sensor applications. It consumed less power than any competitive Wi-Fi solution on the market and was extremely easy to integrate."

"We are very pleased that SAXA has selected our ultra low power Wi-Fi chip for their Wi-Fi sensors," said Greg Winner, CEO at GainSpan. "SAXA's sensors enabled with GainSpan's technology give users the benefits of long battery life, while leveraging the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure in homes and buildings, significantly reducing overall operation and installation costs."

About GainSpan
GainSpan is a leading ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions company focused on connecting Things to the Internet, and People to Things. With easy to use system-on-chip (SoC), modules and software, GainSpan enables customers to leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create new connected embedded products for healthcare, smart energy and control and monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. GainSpan solutions feature an ultra low power SoC that consumes just a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in just a few ms, ideal for battery operated devices requiring long battery life. The Wi-Fi chip also handles all Wi-Fi functionalities, networking and security stacks, offloading when required the host microcontroller and accelerating wireless device development cycles. GainSpan is based in San Jose, CA, with R&D in Bangalore, India.

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About SAXA
SAXA Holdings, Inc. (SAXA) is a leading provider of communications system components and solutions. Various products being offered by SAXA include wireless systems, IP systems, home security systems, digital video recorders, security alarms, sensors, key telephone systems, telemetering equipment, network equipment, and IC card-related equipment, among others. The company operates through 12 subsidiaries. SAXA's four major subsidiaries are SAXA, Inc., SAXA Business System, Inc., SAXA Advanced Support, Inc., and SAXA Precision, Inc. SAXA is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Note: TELEC: Certification body for Japanese radio regulations.

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