Cooperation enables Cratlon to deploy Europe's first 802.15.4 wireless networks - Embedded.com

Cooperation enables Cratlon to deploy Europe’s first 802.15.4 wireless networks

LONDON — A joint development agreement between Invensys Controls and Cratlon will see Invensys' wireless software stack and application protocols embedded into Cratlon's single-chip wireless sensor family. Temperature-to-RF and humidity-to-RF sensor chips will be sampled in 2006, with light sensors and certain flammable gas sensors following in 2007.

Cratlon (Co. Clare, Ireland) is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative wireless sensor ICs for measuring and transmitting temperature, light and humidity readings.

Tim Cummins, CEO of Cratlon, said, “We believe we are the first company in Europe to deploy real-world operational 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks for building monitoring and control. Our roadmap is to shrink the functionality of each wireless sensor node to a single CMOS IC, employing our patent-pending on-chip sensors and 18-bit analogue-to-digital converters. The wireless sensor market is predicted to reach $5 billion by 2010, driven by standards such as ZigBee and IPv6, and we are delighted to have product definition and application software support from Invensys, one of the largest building controls companies in the world”.

Geoff Mulligan, Director of Technology, Invensys Controls Advanced Building Systems, added, “Invensys has over 40 points of presence in the average U.S. home, including thermostats, heaters and smoke detectors. Safety legislation, reduced installation costs and energy savings are very strong market drivers to interconnect all these points of presence. Cratlon's sensor-to-RF single-chip integration path is precisely what is needed in the cost-conscious markets of domestic and industrial building controls to connect these wirelessly.”

Tim Cummins, Cratlon CEO (left) and Geoff Mulligan, Director of Technology, Invensys Controls Advanced Building Systems with Cratlon's 802.15.4 wireless sensor modules, which will deploy Invensys' software stack.

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