DASH7 Announces Silicon Certification Program

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The DASH7 Alliance, a nonprofit industry consortium that promotes the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, today announced the launch of the DASH7 Authorized Silicon program designed to assist developers who want to shorten the new product development process for building DASH7 devices.

Four leading silicon vendors—Analog Devices, Melexis, Semtech, and Texas Instruments Incorporated—announced their intention to complete DASH7 Authorized Silicon certification in 2011. The program, which is based on the DASH7 "Mode 2.0" specification approved in mid-2010 and submitted to ISO for comment and publication, requires silicon vendors to complete an array of conformance tests defined by the DASH7 Alliance's Test and Certification Working Group.

"This announcement provides tier-one silicon vendors with a way of proving to the marketplace that their components stand ready to be deployed by device integrators," said Patrick Burns, President of the DASH7 Alliance. "Yet device integrators also benefit from the peace of mind that they are deploying components that will not cause interoperability problems, thus reducing development time and costs."

The program is open to component vendors making microcontrollers, radios, or combined system-in-package (SiP) or system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions suitable for use in DASH7 devices. Device integrators wishing to use the DASH7 Certified logo on completed DASH7 devices will still be required to undergo certification testing but will receive a substantial discount for using DASH7 Authorized Silicon.

"This announcement builds on the existing strengths of DASH7's interoperability story and will provide a solid foundation for the evolution of DASH7 's networking technologies," said Ted Osinski, Director of RFID Programs for MET Laboratories. "Certified silicon is fundamental to our vision for the internet of things and to achieve this, interoperability is non-negotiable."

Silicon vendors interested in the DASH7 Authorized Silicon program can click here for more information or contact Paul Ritchie, Executive Director of the DASH7 Alliance by emailing him here.

About DASH7 Technology
Products with DASH7 wireless sensor networking capability simplify the way we connect wirelessly with the people, places and things around us. Operating in the license-free 433.92 MHz spectrum, DASH7 offers multi-kilometer range, multi-year battery life, sensor and security support, as well as tag-to-tag communications. DASH7 is the brand given to the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID similar to the use of the WiFi brand for IEEE 802.11 communications.

About the DASH7 Alliance
Formed in 2009, the DASH7 Alliance is a nonprofit industry consortium with more than 50 participants that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking. Participating organizations include Agaidi Oy, Analog Devices, Aniden Interactive, Arira Design, Cambridge University, CaptureTags, Chung Nam Electronics, Confidex, Cubic, Damco, DH Technology, Dow, Evigia Systems, Guard RFID, Identec Solutions, Indigresso, Infinite Power Solutions, Lockheed Martin, Lyngsoe Systems, Melexis, MET Laboratories, Michelin, National Instruments, Nedap, North Dakota State University, Novitaz, Odette, OnAsset Intelligence, Pusan National University, Ramtron, Revere Security, Semtech, Savi Technology, Security Innovation, SkyBitz, System Planning Corporation, Syrma, Texas Instruments, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, University of Wisconsin, and VI Service Network. Membership is open to end users, technology providers and research organizations.