Next-gen Z-Wave 700 launches on the Silicon Labs wireless Gecko platform

Silicon Labs has launched the next-generation Z-Wave 700 on the Wireless Gecko platform, a comprehensive hardware and software connectivity solution for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The smart home platform builds on Z-Wave’s S2 security and interoperability by improving energy efficiency and adding higher performance, longer range RF capabilities. By leveraging the Wireless Gecko platform, Z-Wave 700 enables developers to create new classes of smaller, more intelligent smart home products at a lower cost and faster time-to-market.

Z-Wave 700 combines a powerful ARM processor-based platform with large on-chip memory to enable greater intelligence at the edge and secure inclusion in less than one second. The energy-efficient Z-Wave 700 platform delivers 10-year coin-cell battery life, enabling more wireless sensor applications. Enhanced RF performance seamlessly extends Z-Wave 700 device range beyond traditional limits to the edge of the yard and throughout a multi-story home.

Z-Wave 700 builds on core Z-Wave features to enable interoperability with thousands of devices and ensure best-in-class security with built-in Security 2 (S2). Z-Wave 700 also includes SmartStart, providing an easy way to automatically create and configure Z-Wave networks for instant device installation success.

With no requirements for regionalised SAW filters or external memory, Z-Wave 700 offers a single global software stock-keeping unit (SKU) for easier logistics and cost-effective global production.

By reducing BOM cost, Z-Wave 700 speeds development of global smart home products.

Developers benefit from low-cost developer kits, energy profiler tools and ready-made gateway software with certified reference code, minimising the time from prototype to final product. Developers can also use Silicon Labs’ Simplicity Studio development suite for one-click access to all the software tools they need to simplify Z-Wave 700-based designs.

Author
Neil Tyler