Sigma Designs Set-top Box to Offer Home Control From 4Home
Sigma Designs, a leader in digital media processing system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics, today announced a partnership with 4Home, Inc., a leading provider of home control services, to expand the range of additional services in the home through Sigma’s set-top box (STB) reference designs. As a result of this partnership, Sigma will be able to offer set-top box suppliers an integrated home control solution, based on 4Home’s innovative software platform and the complete Z-Wave ecosystem of RF-based home control devices. The reference design is being unveiled at this year's CableLabs® Summer Conference, August 10 - 11, in Keystone, Colorado.
Targeted for STB’s in the Cable, Telco and CE markets, the solution is designed to provide a strong foundation of control-related applications able to run in the home, including energy monitoring and conservation, safety, and security.
“Consumers want to be able to remotely access and control their home appliances to manage energy consumption, home security, and entertainment options from anywhere,” said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing at Sigma Designs. “With this reference design, manufacturers can quickly enter the market with low-cost, reliable solutions for home control that enable a whole new range of options for service providers.”
“Managing energy usage through the STB is both timely and relevant in light of a growing worldwide focus on energy conservation,” said Nate Williams, VP Business Development at 4Home. “We’re looking forward to seeing our platform enable compelling energy conservation solutions for manufacturers through the ever-growing Sigma customer base.”
About Z-Wave Technology:
Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave technology is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 300 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET “Best of CES Award” in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World’s World Class Award. For more information about Z-Wave, please visit www.z-wave.com.