Next-Generation Z-Wave 700 Launches on the Silicon Labs Wireless Gecko Platform

-- New Smart Home PlatformDrives the Battery-Powered IoT Device Trend --

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Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) launches thenext-generationZ-Wave®700 on the Wireless Gecko platform, the industry’s most comprehensive hardware and software connectivity solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). Z-Wave 700 delivers on Silicon Labs’ vision and platform integration roadmap following the company’s strategic acquisition of Z-Wave technology in April 2018.The new smart home platform builds on Z-Wave’s industry-leadingS2 security and interoperability by improving energy efficiency and adding higherperformance, longerrange RF capabilities.By leveraging the Wireless Geckoplatform, Z-Wave 700 enables developers to create new classes of smaller, moreintelligent smart home products at a lower cost and faster time-to-market.

“With the worldwide smart home market expected to grow to 1.3 billion devices shipped annually by 2022, much of that adoption and growth will be driven by sensors that enable AI and edge computing applications, which can deliver smart experiences in new verticals such as security, aging-in-place, energy, voice control and insurance,” said Adam Wright, IDC Senior Analyst, Consumer IoT. “Advances in wireless technology, such as Z-Wave 700, are driving the battery-powered sensor trend and making these devices easier to install and deploy.”

Z-Wave 700 combines a powerful ARM® processor-based platform with large on-chip memory to enable greater intelligence at the edge and secure inclusion in less than one second. The energy-efficient Z-Wave 700 platformdelivers10-year coin-cell battery life, enabling more wireless sensor applications. Enhanced RF performance seamlessly extends Z-Wave 700device range beyond traditionallimits to the edge of the yardand throughout a multi-story home.

Z-Wave 700builds on core Z-Wave featuresto enableinteroperability with thousands of devices and ensure best-in-class security with built-inSecurity 2 (S2). Z-Wave 700 also includes SmartStart, providing an easy way to automatically create and configure Z-Wave networks for instant device installation success.

“We have built the groundbreaking Z-Wave 700 platform with features to  the future and an ear to our ecosystem partners who can deploy enable interoperability with-range, low-power and future-proof platform for their new smart home applications,”said Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President and General Manager of Z-Wave forSilicon Labs. “Developers can now take advantage of the advanced to automatically combined with Z-Wave’s renowned interoperability, industry-leading S2securitydevice-installationand SmartStart installation.” 

With no requirements for regionalized SAW filters external memory, Z-Wave700 offers a single global software stock-keeping unit (SKU) for easier logistics and cost-effective global production. Byreducing BOM cost, Z-Wave700speeds development of global smart home products.

Silicon Labs offers a wide range of development tools to enable easier, faster smart home product design. Developers benefit from low-costdeveloper kits, energy profiler tools and ready-made gateway software with certifiedreference code, minimizing the time from prototype to final product. Developerscan also use Silicon Labs’ SimplicityStudio development suitefor one-click access to all the software tools theyneed to simplify Z-Wave700-based designs.

Pricing and Availability

Z-Wave 700 is shipping pre-orders now to 150 beta customers within the Z-Wave Alliance, andproduction quantities are planned to be available in late Q12019.Contact yourlocal Silicon Labs sales representative or authorized distributor for Z-Wave700 product pricing. For more information about Z-Wave products, visit silabs.com/z-wave.

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