NEWS: ZigBee Drives The Smart Home Industry

The smart home device and home automation market is exploding. According to a 2013 report from NextMarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market totals about $3.6 billion. By 2017, it will grow to around $14.7 billion. Other analysts and forecasts have forecast the possibility of 80 billion connected devices by 2020. Regardless […]

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NEWS: Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts for 2014

This special feature is the first of an annual three-part series, which also will highlight the Top 100 Wireless Technology Providers and the Top 100 Wireless Technology Resources later this year. These lists serve as valuable guides for those who want greater insight into wireless communications technology. The editors at TodaysWirelessWorld.com compiled this first list […]

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NEWS: Marvell Announces Industry’s First Intelligent LED Controller for Smart Wireless Light Bulbs with Backward Compatibility to Existing Wall Dimmers

Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) today announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell(R) 88EM8189 featuring I(2) C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for Smart wireless bulbs, providing premium dimming performance with a full dimming range from 100 percent to […]

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NEWS: Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio – which is used in Philips’ hue color-changing bulbs, among other things – along with WiFi b/g and […]

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NEWS: Xfinity prototype box with GreenPeak controller revealed in Samsung FCC test report

Samsung has built a prototype set-top for Comcast’s Xfinity service which can support Bluetooth and contains a system-on-a-chip from GreenPeak Technology that can be used to power smart home devices using the ZigBee wireless specification, according to a test report released by the FCC earlier this month. Comcast officials declined to comment on the new […]

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NEWS: Philips adds 3D-printed luminaires, all-white bulbs and wireless switch to ‘hue’ lineup

The three new products build on Philips’ hue wireless lighting system, which has grown from the original iOS app-enabled, color-changing LED bulbs to an ecosystem of smart lighting accessories. First up is the hue lux, a white light-only version of Philips’ smart bulbs for users looking to jump into the connected home market. Where the […]

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NEWS: Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips’ hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. […]

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NEWS: Daintree and LG Electronics partner on LED lighting and controls

LG Electronics and Daintree Networks have announced a partnership intended to spur deployment of wirelessly-connected commercial lighting systems that are integrated with building- and energy-management systems. The partners have integrated support for the ZigBee wireless network directly into the LG drivers that will be used in the recessed-troffer solid-state lighting (SSL) fixtures. The Daintree ControlScope […]

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NEWS: ZigBee gets a x7 range boost from TI chip

Texas Instruments has introduced a wireless booster chip which it claims will extend the range of its 2.4GHz wireless transceivers by as much as 7-fold. The chip will work with the firm’s ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN and Bluetooth low energy tansceivers. The initial product launch pairs the CC2592 with the SimpleLink ZigBee CC2538 wireless microcontroller. An […]

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NEWS: The Connected World Awaits

Beyond computers and smartphones, IoT and M2M technologies promise devices that talk to their users and to each other. The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are hot technologies, dominating recent articles, blogs, conferences, and webinars. They won’t fully emerge this year, but great progress is being made in developing and deploying them […]

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NEWS: Why is ZigBee green?

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies. Unfortunately, energy […]

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NEWS: ZigBee Alliance to release IEEE, IETF standards-based interoperable wireless IPv6 communication profile

ZigBee Alliance, a global consortium for wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, took one step further in making the 802.15.4 technology a standard for the last mile access to a smart grid back bone system. The consortium said that a group of leading smart metering and smart grid member companies […]

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