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Sigma Designs Announces Next Generation Z-Wave 700 Platform at CES 2018

08 January 2018

Sigma Designs today unveiled its new 700-Series Z-Wave platform, which includes numerous performance and technological enhancements in energy efficiency and RF performance. The Z-Wave 700-Series is a long-range, low-power, backward-compatible platform with integrated software tools to enable a whole new generation of Z-Wave sensor devices. The 700-Series will drive the battery-powered device trend, empowering artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to utilize sensor data and make smart homes smarter, safer and more connected.

According to Raoul Wijgergangs, VP of Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Business Unit, "Sigma’s Z-Wave 700-Series chip will completely reshape the meaning of smart home. It opens opportunities for new classes of sensors that weren’t possible before, while making remarkable improvements to existing device categories. The 700-Series is creating a path to full home installations, moving from tens of Z-Wave devices per home to hundreds.”

Key features of the 700-Series platform include:

Low power: The platform will have best-in-class low power radio performance enabling multiyear battery lifetime and more than 10-year sensor lifetime on a coin-cell.

Long range: The 700-Series platform will enable range of more than 300 feet, covering multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard.

Low cost and fast time to market: It gets developers started fast with low cost developer kits, tools and ready-made certified reference code ensuring minimum time from prototype to certified product.

High performance: Powerful ARM®-based platform with large memory on the chip and many peripherals, enabling intelligence at the edge with fast energy efficient computation and secure inclusion in less than one second.

Certified interoperable and backwards compatible: Every 700-Series device will have the highest level of security in the smart home with Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework and consistent easy install with Z-Wave SmartStart.

The energy efficient and long-range wireless communication with the 700-Series Z-Wave platform, allows smart home sensors to go beyond the current limits. This means that smart homes can extend to the yard, the end of the driveway and seamlessly cover multiple stories in a home. The extremely low power consumption enables new small form factor Z-Wave sensors which can be embedded into new places such as into furniture, windows and even behind dry walls.

The 700-Series platform will continue to utilize and build on top of core Z-Wave features such as S2 and SmartStart. Sigma’s Security 2 (S2) architecture, which combines existing and new security features, allows Z-Wave to continue to be the safest, most secure ecosystem of smart devices on the global market. SmartStart is an easy way to automatically create and configure Z-Wave networks for instant device installation success. Comprising the new Z-Wave protocol and gateway software layers, SmartStart pre-configures devices to the network before they reach the home, dramatically reducing installation time, and thereby costs, to maximize return on investment (ROI) for installers and remove difficulty of DIY installations for homeowners.

To contact the author of this article, email roger.pink@ieeeglobalspec.com


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