LONDON Two European heavyweights ST Microelectronics and Schneider Electric have joined the ZigBee Alliance’s board of directors, increasing their involvement with the wireless sensor and home control networks effort.
Chinese communications equipment group Huawei has also been upgraded to “Promoter Level” at the alliance, which now boasts over 200 members, with six of the 10 largest semiconductor companies in the world producing product for installation in OEM devices.
The list of members at the high table board of directors includes Texas Instruments, Philips, Ember Corporation, Motorola, Siemens, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Samsung, Honeywell and Mitsubishi Electric.
ST Micro and Schneider, the latter one of the world’s largest suppliers of power and control gear, were already participants of the Alliance.
“Adding three industry leaders like Huawei Technologies, Schneider Electric and ST as Promoters and to our board of directors provides additional expertise, resources and global support for this thriving ecosystem of companies,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “One company can do a lot of good on its own, but the strength and synergy of 200 companies working together is unsurpassable.”
ZigBee already offers 12 standards compliant platforms, and, according to Heile, OEMs are actively selling end-user products based on ZigBee for the medical, automated meter reading, marine safety and home automation markets.