Print  |  Send  |   

Bluetooth and ZigBee on collision course in the connected home

July 13, 2012 // Nick Flaherty

Bluetooth and ZigBee on collision course in the connected home

Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee will compete in a number of new and emerging markets, particularly connected home devices and wireless sensors, says a new report from ABI Research.


The key battlegrounds include remote controls, TVs and set top boxes in the home and wireless sensors for medical and health applications, sports and home automation.
When analyzing these markets holistically there will be competition between Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee but when delving deeper into the markets it is clear that there are specific sections that will be more suited to one technology or the other.
“The remote control market is one which highlights a need for both technologies, here they each have their own niches that they will be most successful in.” said Peter Cooney, ABI Research practice director, “For simple point-to-point control, Bluetooth Smart is the obvious choice due to its massive ecosystem of interoperable devices, but for more complex systems with high node counts then ZigBee/RF4CE is expected to be more successful as Bluetooth has a limited node count in practice”.
Both technologies are expected to see rapid growth from 2013 onwards, with Bluetooth Smart enabled device shipments reaching over 1 billion annual shipments by 2016, far exceeding those for ZigBee. The success of Bluetooth Smart will be largely driven by the substantial ecosystem of Bluetooth Smart Ready devices such as smartphones, TVs, laptops, etc. Whilst lower, ZigBee devices shipments will be significant, reaching over 350 million by 2016.
The growth of both the Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee markets will bring many rewards to those suppliers that enter the market early and successfully dominate it. To date, most suppliers have chosen to target only one of these two markets. CSR and Nordic Semiconductor are among those that are pursuing the Bluetooth Smart market. Freescale Semiconductor and GreenPeak Technologies are targeting the ZigBee market. “Texas Instruments is the one supplier that stands out from the crowd and is seen as the company with the greatest potential to gain from growth in the Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee markets,” added Cooney, “it is the only company to have developed ICs for both markets, as well as ANT and proprietary RF products, which puts it in an enviable position”.
www.abiresearch.com

All news

Analog & Mixed Signal ICs,Interconnect,MPUs/MCUs,RF & Microwave,Sensors & Conditioning

Follow us

Fast, Accurate & Relevant for Design Engineers only!

Technical papers     

Filter Wizard     

Check out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.

Linear video channel

READER OFFER

Read more

This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten XMC1200 lighting application kits, worth 100 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.

Each kit combines Infineon’s brightness and colour control XMC1200 CPU board to drive flicker free LED dimming and colour changing, together with a colour LED card and a white LED card.

Read more

Design centers     

Automotive
Infotainment Making HDTV in the car reliable and secure

December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974

Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.

 

You must be logged in to view this page

Login here :