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Acquisition creates conditions for acceleration of ZigBee market

27 July 2005 News

Integration Associates recently acquired CompXs, a leading developer of low power, mesh network solutions, to create a complete ZigBee-certified hardware/software platform for OEMs delivering wireless monitoring and control applications for both consumer and industrial markets.

With the acquisition, Integration said it extends its EZRadio portfolio of low power, software configurable RFICs, marrying its transceiver technology with a fully ZigBee-compliant platform comprised of networking software stack, development tools, and application-ready system modules. With the addition of CompXs technology to provide full support for 802.15.4 mesh network applications, Integration can deliver a complete RFIC portfolio for any application requiring low cost, low power wireless connectivity.

"The dramatic reduction in cost and complexity represented by the combination of these technologies convinces me that the large market potential projected by the ZigBee Alliance is fully within the range of possibility," said Jean-Luc Nauleau, Integration CEO.

"With the acquisition, and the forthcoming release of Integration's 802.15.4 transceiver which supports the 868 MHz and 915 MHz bands, Integration becomes the only player with the technology to offer full spectrum coverage for ZigBee device customers (868 MHz, 915 MHz, and 2,4 GHz). This full spectrum support, along with Integration's top-performing radio layer and CompXs system-level expertise, makes Integration the clear 'total platform provider' as we move into the market adoption phase of ZigBee networked devices," he adds.

CompXs, a leading member of the ZigBee Alliance, has been active in the effort to develop and finalise the ZigBee specification and compliance process. It was one of the first companies to be awarded the ZigBee Alliance's first full specification compliance certification for its ZigBee platform.

"ZigBee customers need total platform solutions right up to the application layer," comments Bhupender Virk, CompXs CEO. "The addition of CompXs to the EZRadio family of products will lead to the fast and cost-effective development of interoperable wireless network applications for OEMs serving the home and building automation markets, as well as many others, effectively accelerating the development of these markets."



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