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Sigma licenses Mitsumi as second source for Z-Wave 500

Posted: 06 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sigma Designs  Mitsumi  Z-Wave 500  wireless RF  module 

Sigma Designs and Mitsumi have revealed that Mitsumi is now a licensed second source for Z-Wave 500 series wireless RF technology, a Sigma Designs technology. As a second source, Mitsumi will independently produce and deliver the latest generation of Z-Wave 500 series modules as well as a Mitsumi original design module that will expand the functionality for Z-Wave in more commercial markets making it easier for large multi-international companies and government operations that require a second source to adopt Z-Wave, the company indicated.

"We welcome Mitsumi as a second source for our newest Z-Wave product line," stated Sigma Designs' CEO Thinh Tran. "With Mitsumi, we are able to draw upon the wealth of experience, technology, and ideas that it possesses as a general electronics component manufacturer. With the rapid growth of this market sector, we hope to ensure a consistent supply of silicon to meet the demand with a strong second source partner."

Sigma Designs' Z-Wave promises to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life, including home monitoring and security, home control, entertainment control, healthcare and energy management. Z-Wave (ITU standard G.9959) is a proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows an array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC and security systems.

"We are pleased to be able to be a second-source supplier of Sigma's Z-Wave technology," stated Fujio Furukawa, SVP at electronic devices business HQ of Mitsumi. "The market for Z-Wave is booming and we want to capitalize on Z-Wave's global potential. Further, we are very excited to drive Z-Wave further in the Japanese market where the interest in Z-Wave technology has great potential for energy reduction in residential as well as commercial applications."

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