The Zigbee Alliance has announced that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has joined its Board of Directors. Along with other Zigbee Alliance promoter member companies, ST is set to play a vital role in the adoption and evolution of Zigbee, aiming to simplify development for manufacturers and increase device compatibility for consumers.
“In both the consumer and industrial markets, demand for reliable IoT connectivity is expanding fast and the trend towards wireless technologies is growing tremendously — whether in smart-home solutions, asset-tracking production tools, or building control,” says Hakim Jaafar, head of marketing for wireless microcontrollers at STMicroelectronics. “As a leading and trusted Arm Cortex-M supplier to both top OEMs and the mass market committed to propagating Zigbee technology in its 2.4 GHz product roadmap, ST supports the mission of the Zigbee Alliance and joined the board to share our expertise and help continue the Alliance’s success.”
The inclusion of wireless technologies in ST’s microcontroller product portfolio delivers key benefits for greater flexibility in device architecture and faster transition for the mass market to add connectivity. With the evolution of the connectivity and IoT markets, the STM32 MCU/MPU products include integrated security mechanisms to guarantee IP and privacy protection.
ST’s membership at the Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors level aims to bring more visibility to the technology and accelerate new product developments with improved interoperability and cross-technology compatibility.
For more information about the Zigbee Alliance, its open IoT technologies, Project Connected Home over IP, or how to get involved to bring about good change for the industry, visit www.zigbeealliance.org.