ZigBee Alliance Adds Members

ZigBee Alliance announces 27 new member companies, bringing its total to 70

May 13, 2004

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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- The ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies workingtogether to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open globalstandard, today announced 27 new member companies, bringing its total membership to morethan 70 companies. The new member companies include: ADCUS, Inc.; Airbee Wireless;American Power Conversion; Atalum, SA; Brunelco Electronic Engineering BV; CCL/ITRI;Daintree Networks, Inc.; Frontline Test Equipment, Inc.; Galeha; Grundfos Management; InstaElektro GmbH; Institute for Information Industry; Jennic Limited; Korwin; LG Electronics, Inc.;NEC Engineering Ltd.; OTSL, Inc.; Polaris Networks; Renesas Technology Corporation; RinconResearch Corporation; Sensicast Systems, Inc.; Siemens Building Automation; Silicon Wave,Inc.; ST Microelectronics; Telecom Italia; TUV Rheinland; and VIA Networking Technologies, Inc.The ZigBee Alliance also announced that current member, Ember Corporation, has upgraded itsmembership status to the "Promoter" level. This new position gives Ember a seat on the ZigBeeboard of directors along with Honeywell, Invensys, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Philips andSamsung, and enables the company to contribute to the development of a successful standardand participate in decision-making in ZigBee Alliance activities.

The member companies of the Alliance, which represent a broad spectrum of industries, areworking to help shape the wireless market by defining the specification, collaborating on newstandards-based technology for monitoring, automation and control products, and leveraging theircollective worldwide market presence to bring a new reliable, low-cost, low-power wirelesscommunication solution to the market. The addition of these new members, which doubles theAlliance’s original membership, demonstrates the worldwide interest in the ZigBee specificationand expands the pool of potential applications that will result from their implementations of thenew technology.

"The ZigBee Alliance is thrilled to have so many leading companies from around the world andfrom across a range of market segments bring their expertise to the Alliance," said Bob Heile,chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "The growth rate of our membership has exceeded our initialexpectations, and clearly shows the increasing market support for the technology. Our membershave the unique opportunity to contribute to the initial specification of the ZigBee technology,which we expect to ratify later this year, as well as to influence the organization’s leadership andbroaden our reach."

"We expect a diversity of wireless connectivity options to be deployed over the next few yearsbased on speed, range, cost, complexity, etc., as application- and device-specific needsproliferate," said Jack Gold, vice president, META Group. "Wireless optimized for specific tasks,such as the ZigBee technology, will offer the best cost, power and speed benefits for a myriad ofnew devices coming to market in the next two to three years for home automation, sensornetworks and industrial controls. Acceptance of a single standard, as promoted through theZigBee Alliance, means accelerated adoption with maximum cross-vendor device compatibility,which is a prerequisite if ZigBee is to achieve its promise of very low cost wireless connectivity fora variety of intelligent devices."

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