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Freescale and Nivis join forces on comprehensive wireless solution for industrial and commercial applications


Joint platform enables sensor mesh networks based on IEEE® 802.15.4, ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and 6LoWPAN standards

HOUSTON (ISA Expo 2008).– Freescale Semiconductor and Nivis LLC, a leading developer and integrator of wireless network technologies, have announced plans to combine their respective technologies to provide a total wired-to-wireless platform for commercial and industrial sensor mesh networks. The combined hardware/software platform solution includes sensor interface, radio module, router/gateway, security manager and advanced network manager capabilities for emerging wireless standards in the industrial and commercial sector.

“This breakthrough collaboration between Nivis and Freescale brings to market a development platform serving as a building block for a wide range of commercial and industrial wireless solutions,” said Marius Chilom, CEO of Nivis. “The combined Nivis and Freescale product portfolio is the best in the industry. We offer an array of high-quality options so wireless device builders can pick and choose the components that best serve their needs. Our close relationship with Freescale enables us to offer a highly optimized solution. Multiple standards are supported on the same radio platform, which is a very appealing proposition for device developers.”

The Freescale and Nivis development platform is designed to provide developers with a rapid, cost-effective way to evaluate ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and 6LoWPAN stacks on Freescale microcontrollers (MCUs) and embedded processors. It enables device developers to create wireless sensor mesh network solutions with minimal effort, expense and time-to-market. Nivis contributes the software, and Freescale provides the embedded hardware options. The platform is based on Freescale’s broad portfolios of ColdFire® microcontrollers, Power Architecture® processors and processors based on ARM® cores.

“Working together, Freescale and Nivis are delivering a comprehensive wireless sensor network solution designed to provide an exceptional range of hardware and software application completeness,” said Aiden Mitchell, director of industrial and multi-market microcontrollers at Freescale. “The combination of Freescale silicon and development boards with Nivis wireless connectivity software provides developers with a best-in-class platform solution designed to drive innovation in the industrial wireless market.” With the release of the joint Freescale and Nivis platform, device developers now have the opportunity to purchase reference designs from both companies or buy components to build their own end-to-end final wireless solution off the shelf with both Nivis software and Freescale components.

Nivis is renowned for its depth of software that manages and optimizes mesh networks, as well as its knowledge and ability to develop standards-based wireless mesh communication stacks for both industrial and commercial applications with ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and 6LoWPAN.

Freescale offers a broad portfolio of industrial-rated embedded processors, from low-power MCUs and 802.15.4 radios for sensors to MCUs and embedded processors for routers/gateways to multicore communication processors for high-end network/security managers. Each portfolio is backed by a comprehensive development ecosystem to help meet the demands of a wide range of devices in a wireless sensor network.


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