Wireless Applications

Dust's Network-Ready SoC Products Claim Power Breakthrough

November 15, 2006

New system-on-chip-based wireless sensor network products promise new benchmark for low power, with additional 5X increase battery life.


HAYWARD, Calif. and MUNICH, Germany /PRNewswire/ - Dust Networks, provider of highly reliable, ultra low-power embedded wireless sensor networking (WSN) systems, is extending its product platform to include network-ready System-on-Chip (SoC) products. The company's new SoC products combine extremely low-power radio technology and robust networking capabilities with the industry-proven Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP) in a Mote-on-Chip (MoC). This, says the company, sets new power and performance benchmarks for reliable wireless sensor networking.

"With the recent industry announcements and standards development activity in the industrial market, our OEM customers are seeing accelerating demand for wireless monitoring and control solutions," said Joy Weiss, CEO of Dust Networks. "Our MoC products deliver highly integrated, ultra low-power WSN solutions, providing the design and manufacturing flexibility that will enable our customers to meet this growing market demand."

Dust's network-ready MoC products provide a quantum reduction in power consumption, using 80% less power than comparable commercially available radios. This dramatic decrease in power consumption provides customers with broad flexibility when designing battery-operated or power scavenging monitoring and control devices. Dust Networks' SmartMesh-XD family of products introduces the first MoC-based motes and managers in standards-based IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, 2.4 GHz and narrow-band 900 MHz versions. The SmartMesh-XD MoC requires zero external components and no embedded programming, enabling OEMs to reduce the development time and cost for wireless sensor networking solutions.

"TSMP-based networks have set the bar in the industry for reliability and low power consumption," said Kris Pister, CTO of Dust Networks. "By combining TSMP with advances in low power radio technology, Dust has pushed the bar even higher, enabling dramatic reductions in power consumption in a broad range of wireless sensor networking applications."

"Power consumption and battery life have been major barriers to WSN adoption in many industrial markets because end users will not accept additional requirements to service their field devices," said Harry Forbes, Senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group. "Dust's new SoC products will extend the service life of future industrial WSN products that use TSMP technology. The use of this SoC will shorten time to market, but it also dramatically expands the range of possible applications for Dust's products."

Product samples are available in 900 MHz today and 802.15.4 standard 2.4 GHz samples will be available early 2007.

About Dust Networks
Dust Networks, the leader in embedded wireless sensor networking (WSN), provides ultra low-power, highly reliable products to OEMs in the industrial automation, building automation and defense markets. Dust Networks' SmartMesh products combine revolutionary wireless networking capabilities with extremely low-power RF System-on-Chip (SoC) technology, providing OEMs with network- ready WSN solutions that are flexible and easy to integrate. All SmartMesh products utilize the Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP), pioneered by Dust Networks, which serves as the foundation for the industry's most flexible low- power mesh architecture. Dust Networks enables OEMs to offer monitoring and control solutions that provide unprecedented access to information from the physical world, resulting in improved operations, safer work environments, and increased competitive advantage. Dust Networks partners with industry and standards groups such as ISA, the HART Foundation, and WINA to ensure the broad adoption of interoperable wireless sensor networking products. For more information please visit the company's Web site.


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