Sigma Designs unlocks potential of smart home with Z-Wave 700 platform

Sigma Designs unlocks potential of smart home with Z-Wave 700 platform
Sigma Designs, an intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solution provider, recently unveiled its new 700-Series Z-Wave platform, which include numerous performance and technological enhancements in energy-efficiency and RF performance, built to power context-aware smart homes.

Key features of the 700-Series platform include low-power radio performance enabling multiyear battery lifetime and more than 10-year sensor lifetime on a coin-cell; and a range of more than 300 feet, covering multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard. ARM-based platform with large memory on the chip enables intelligence at the edge.

The 700-Series Z-Wave platform allows smart home sensors to go beyond the current limits. This means that smart homes can extend to the yard, the end of the driveway and seamlessly cover multiple stories in a home. The low power consumption enables new small form factor Z-Wave sensors which can be embedded into new places such as into furniture, windows and even behind dry walls.

Z-Wave 700-Series is a long range, low power and future-proof hardware platform with integrated software tools and building blocks enabling a whole new generation of Z-Wave sensor devices. 700-Series will drive the battery-powered device trend, empowering artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to utilize sensor data and make smart homes smarter, safer and more connected.

“700-Series opens opportunities for new classes of sensors that weren’t possible before, while making remarkable improvements to existing device categories,” said Raoul Wijgergangs, VP of Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave Business Unit. 700-Series is creating a path to full home installations, moving from tens of Z-Wave devices to hundreds of Z-Wave devices per home, Wijgergangs added.

The 700-Series platform will continue to utilize and build on top of core Z-Wave features such as S2 and SmartStart. Sigma’s Security 2 (S2) architecture, which combines existing and new security features.

SmartStart is an easy way to automatically create and configure Z-Wave networks for instant device installation success. Comprising the new Z-Wave protocol and gateway software layers, SmartStart pre-configures devices to the network before they reach the home, reducing installation time, and thereby costs, to maximize return on investment for installers and remove difficulty of DIY installations for homeowners.

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