EnOcean forges strategic partnership with ROHM to advance energy harvesting wireless technology

November 13, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
EnOcean is forming a strategic partnership with ROHM Co., Ltd., a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, at electronica 2012 (hall A5, booth 542).

ROHM and EnOcean will be working together to establish EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless technology in the Japanese market and strengthen the presence of EnOcean in the Asian region. In addition, ROHM’s long-standing experience in wireless communication as well as low-power ICs and modules gives the perfect basis to further help develop EnOcean’s technology in the future, to address the needs of Japanese customers.

EnOcean modules collect the energy they need for wireless communication from the surrounding environment using motion, light or temperature differentials. This innovative principle of energy harvesting enables ultra-low power sensor networks to operate without cables and batteries. Being maintenance-free and highly flexible, EnOcean products are ideal for countless fields of application, including energy management, building and industry automation, smart home solutions or logistics monitoring. The EnOcean wireless protocol is standardized internationally as ISO/IEC 14543-3-10, the only standard for ultra-low power and energy harvesting wireless solutions.

Following the partnership with EnOcean and as a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, ROHM will support further development of energy harvesting wireless technology as an international communication standard as well as strengthen marketing and sales of EnOcean modules on the Japanese market.

“EnOcean’s batteryless wireless and maintenance-free technology opens up new opportunities not only for building and home automation systems but also for the growing sensor network market in transportation, logistics and health care,” said Hidemi Takasu, Managing Director, Research and Development Headquarters of ROHM Co., Ltd. “ROHM will work closely with EnOcean and proceed in developing and enhancing batteryless wireless sensor networks by providing our sensor technology and low-power consumption technology.”

ROHM offers Large Scale Integration (LSI) systems, discrete components and module products, utilizing the latest semiconductor technology. Its in-house production uses the most advanced automation technology keeping the products at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry and enabling customized product development. The company’s product portfolio offers a wide range of applications and solutions including products for wireless sensor