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SDK from Sigma Designs targets wireless home control market

01 Sep 2014

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Sigma Designs has unleashed what it describes as a feature-rich SDK for its 500 series chips and modules to further enhance Z-Wave's primary position in the rapidly growing wireless home control market. According to the company, the Z-Wave installed base has more than 25 million interoperable products from makers worldwide who have adopted Z-Wave for its persistent laser focus on residential and light commercial device control, and its mature hardware and development tools.

The 6.51.03 release of the SDK claims to fully enable the advanced functionality found in Sigma Designs 500 series SoC platform. The Z-Wave Plus application framework is a robust library of field-proven source code that further improves the already industry-leading cost and time to market advantages of Z-Wave technology, allowing developers to focus on products and applications by dedicating less time to lower-level coding. It also provides fully-realised device sample code that is fully interoperable with existing and future Z-Wave based products.

The installation and maintenance application (IMA) is a set of sample code and APIs that are optimised for querying and monitoring network performance and health. These tools make it easy for developers to build sophisticated network health and robustness indicators as well as built-in self-test and remote maintenance capabilities, reducing the need for truck rolls and simplifying repairs. Over-the-wire firmware update via serial API (OTW) enhances the SerialAPI firmware update by adding UART firmware update through SerialAPI for devices that exclusively use the Z-Wave Serial API, noted the company.

Battery saving FLiRs (frequently listening routing slave) beaming capabilities on all three RF channels increase the communication efficiency of this battery saving technique in multi-channel environments. Also, the SDK has RF regulatory support for operation in Republic of Korea.

The 6.51.03 release is available to all Z-Wave technology licensees.

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