China-based Universal Scientific (USI), a manufacturer of wireless module solutions, has chosen Dutch semi-conductor maker GreenPeak Technologies to develop a low-cost ZigBee module for smart home sensor devices.

The USI ZigBee module aims to enable a swift implementation with minimal integration efforts so developers and manufacturers can quickly and economically upgrade their sensor devices by adding ZigBee technology, GreenSpace said in a statement.

The module is a pre-qualified building block that integrates hardware with the ZigBee networking technology necessary to transform thermostats, motion sensors, lighting, smart plugs and other sentrollers into interactive smart home ZigBee devices.

Certified by the US’s Federal Communications Commission, the USI product is available as a bare module with small form factor, allowing compact integration in existing designs and supports interfacing directly to a sensing component or a host processor.

Albert Liu of USI’s Wireless Product Business Unit, said: “We expect ZigBee will grow quickly in the Smart Home application market.

“By offering a production-ready and pre-certified ZigBee module, we can significantly help reduce the cost, complexity and time of designing ZigBee connected devices.

He added: “We have chosen the GreenPeak silicon because it is the best in class ZigBee solution available today and because we know GreenPeak as a reliable business partner.”

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