Siemens on board the ZigBee Alliance -

Siemens on board the ZigBee Alliance


LONDON — Siemens has been been admitted at the highest level of membership – Promoter – of the ZigBee Alliance.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich, Germany) joins BM Group, Ember Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Honeywell, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Philips, Samsung and Texas Instruments on the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors.

Walter Weigel, vice president standardization and regulations of Siemens AG, said, “Siemens carefully investigated the various wireless control options available on the market and selected ZigBee because it offers a true, internationally recognized standard that fits well into the product strategies of several of our business units.”

Siemens will implement ZigBee technology in sensors used in discrete manufacturing and process automation in conjunction with existing communication standards like PROFIBUS and PROFINET.

Siemens’ support comes after the recent moves by Texas Instruments with its acquisition of Chipcon in January, and a joint effort by STMicroelectronics and Ember to work together on ZigBee solutions.

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