Wireless Applications

Report on Low-Power Wireless Devices

April 27, 2007

Research and Markets concludes that the LPD wireless component market is still considered new by the predominantly wired industrial, commercial, and residential automation industries.


DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Energy Harvesting, Micro Batteries & Power Management ICs: Applications and Customer Landscape. First Edition" to its offerings.

This 106-page report provides an analysis of the end use markets for energy harvesting, micro battery and power management ICs used in these technologies. Current opportunities are discussed, along with the technologies and standards driving these opportunities, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, LonTalk, Insteon and others. Regulatory incentives are highlighted, as well. Profiles are presentation for the major building and home automation companies, along with manufacturers of ICs for ultra-low-power wireless sensor and control.

Energy harvesting, micro batteries and power management ICs are technologies that will enable the commercial rollout of next-generation low-power electronic devices and systems. Low-power devices (LPDs) are being deployed for wireless as well as wired systems such as mesh networks, sensor and control systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), radio frequency identification (RFID) devices, and so on. Applications include building/industrial automation, medical, homeland security, military, commercial, gaming, transportation and others.

The LPD wireless component market is still considered "new" by the predominantly wired industrial, commercial and residential automation industries. The recent proliferation of consumer, computer and communications equipment has brought data communications into these arenas, where devices can now "talk" to each other and perform intelligent functions without manual instructions. Although most of these communications protocols are still based on wired standards and technologies, the opportunity for remote, wireless communications is becoming increasingly attractive.

The low-power device market is being driven by applications, so energy harvesting, energy storage and advanced power management companies need to look at where these devices are being employed. LPD wireless technologies are primarily used in "stationary" applications such as industrial process monitoring and control, building automation, security, fire safety, structural monitoring, and so on. Although the applications are stationary, the power needs closely mirror the needs of portable devices such as mobile phone handsets and MP3 players. As a result, emerging LPD applications are expected to provide substantial growth opportunities for power management technologies traditionally associated with portable devices.

Topics Covered include:

  • Wireless Sensor and Control Applications
  • Technologies and Standards
  • Profiles of Industrial & Home Automation Device Companies
  • Profiles of Semiconductor Manufacturers

Areas covered:

  • Wireless Sensor and Control Applications
  • Industrial Process: Automatic Metering
  • Lighting Control
  • Security Devices
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Fire Systems
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Transportation
  • Regulatory Incentives for Building Control Systems
  • LEED Program
  • Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Other Regulatory Developments
  • Technologies and Standards

Companies mentioned:

    ABB Ltd.
    Control4
    Dust Networks
    Eaton Corporation
    Emerson Process Management
    Honeywell International Inc.
    Johnson Controls, Inc.
    Leviton Manufacturing Company
    Philips Lighting Electronics
    Schneider Electric SA
    Invensys Building Systems
    Sensata
    Seoul Commtech Co.
    Siemens Automation and Drives
    Siemens Building Technologies
    Smarthome
    Theben AG
    Profiles of Semiconductor Manufacturers
    AMI Semiconductors
    Analog Devices
    Atmel Corp.
    austriamicrosystems
    Ember Corporation
    EM Microelectronics
    EnOcean
    Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
    Infineon Technologies AG
    Integration
    Maxim Integrated Products
    Melexis Microelectronic Systems
    Microchip Technology Inc.
    Nordic Semiconductor ASA
    Semtech Corporation
    Silicon Laboratories Inc
    STMicroelectronics
    Texas Instruments Inc.
    Chipcon
    Zarlink Semiconductor

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