SOURCE: Z-Wave Alliance

Z-Wave Alliance

March 27, 2013 08:00 ET

Z-Wave Alliance Congratulates Sigma Designs on Introduction of Z-Wave Next Gen Platform

New Chipset Series Offers Greater Power, Memory and Efficiency, Creates Dramatic New Possibilities for Z-Wave Ecosystem

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) - The Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services, is pleased to congratulate member company Sigma Designs on the introduction of the company's next-generation Z-Wave platform. The new product portfolio from Sigma Designs enables Z-Wave manufacturers and Smart Home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory.

"We applaud Sigma Designs for this outstanding technical achievement," said Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "The new Series 500 chip platform offers substantial advantages that are completely in step with today's expanding Smart Home needs and tomorrow's. The new Series will lead to stronger products and new applications, and will make it easier for companies to put their products and services into Z-Wave ecosystem."

The next-generation Z-Wave product portfolio from Sigma Designs provides important new advantages for OEMs, developers, service providers and end users. Most notably, the new Series 500 SoC and module products represent a significant technical leap forward. The series features data rates up to 100kbs, frequency agility, four times more flash memory than the existing platform, and extended RF range performance. At the same time, the design consumes even less power than the previous generation chips, providing for industry leading battery life in products that make use of these features. The Series does all this while maintaining full backward interoperability with current generation designs. Says Walters, "These are the advanced features the Z-Wave community has been waiting for and will immediately lead to new and exciting products."

In addition to the performance gains afforded by the new Series 500 SoC and module hardware, the Sigma Designs Next-Gen platform also includes both a new Z/IP feature and the ZIPR Gateway. The former is a software engine that transforms IP protocol commands into Z-Wave commands and vice versa. The latter is a reference design for a very inexpensive gateway that can present any Z-Wave device as an IP device, with an IP address and all IP services. These breakthrough features will further solidify Z-Wave's position as a key enabling technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

For more information on Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Next Gen Platform, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com/zwavenextgen.

About The Z-Wave Alliance:
Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable easy-to-use, wireless home control products and services. With more than 700 interoperable products certified and over 200 members, the Alliance represents the largest ecosystem of wireless control products in existence and the global, brand-recognized companies that bring these products and services to market. The Alliance supports its members with marketing, networking, technical forums, training, best practices, test and certification tools and a complete interoperability lab. For more information on or to join the Alliance, please email info@z-wavealliance.org or visit www.z-wavealliance.org.

About Z-Wave Technology:
Z-Wave is an international wireless standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications amongst Z-Wave enabled devices, thus allowing products and services from multiple manufacturers to work seamlessly. Z-Wave continues to be the technology of choice for industry leaders representing: Home Automation, Remote Home/Health Monitoring, Home Entertainment, Smart Home Control, Energy Management and Connected Home Services. Z-Wave enabled products represent the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products - www.z-wave.com.

About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading IPTV set-top boxes, DTV, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

Sigma Designs, Secure Media Processor, and the Sigma Designs logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

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    Mary Miller
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