Smart grid applications targeted with low power embedded Wi-Fi


Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 8, 2009 – Fabless semiconductor company ZeroG Wireless, Inc. has announced that it has joined the U-SNAP (Utility Smart Network Access Port) Alliance and has early availability of U-SNAP modules, simplifying the process for smart grid customers to add Wi-Fi to their applications.

U-SNAP’s modular form factor, coupled with ZeroG Wireless’ low power embedded Wi-Fi, enables a whole new class of connected thermostats, appliances, power meters and many other home automation products to be brought to market with seamless internet connectivity.
“Our Wi-Fi I/O products provide a secure, cost effective, and mature IP solution for our smart grid customers,” said David Friedman, senior director, strategic marketing, ZeroG Wireless. “Joining the U-SNAP Alliance and developing U-SNAP modules was a natural fit for us because it offers another simple means for our customers to just add Wi-Fi to their products.”
“We are very pleased to have ZeroG as a U-SNAP member,” noted Jon Rappaport, chairman of the U-SNAP Alliance. “A compelling array of U-SNAP enabled products will be coming to market later this year and next, creating a broad ecosystem of smart grid ready, energy aware devices.”
ZeroG is currently engaged with alpha customers using its U-SNAP modules. First products using these modules will be available in Q4 of 2009, after which the company will announce availability.