Monday, May 23, 2011

Z-Wave Technology expands to include second source for chip modules

MILPITAS, USA: Sigma Designs, the leader in connected media platforms, and Mitsumi announced that Mitsumi is now a licensed second source for Z-Wave wireless RF technology, a Sigma Designs technology. As a second source, Mitsumi will produce and deliver the popular Z-Wave modules.

"We welcome Mitsumi as a second source for our Z-Wave product line," stated Thinh Tran. "With Mitsumi, we are able to draw upon a wealth of experience, technology and ideas that it possesses as a general electronics component manufacturer. With Mitsumi as a certified second source, we can extend the global acceptance of Z-Wave devices, while continuing the assurance of 100% interoperability in the market of all Z-Wave devices."

As the defacto standard for home area networks, Sigma Design's Z-Wave is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life, including home monitoring and security, home control, entertainment control, healthcare, and energy management. Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centres and security systems.

"We are pleased to be able to offer modules based upon Sigma's Z-Wave technology," says Fujio Furukawa, VP at Network Devices Business HQ of Mitsumi. "The market for Z-Wave is booming and we want to capitalize on Z-Wave's global potential. Further we are very exited to drive Z-Wave further in the Japanese market where the interest in Z-Wave technology has great potential for energy reduction applications."

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