ABI Predicts ZigBee Explosion

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Alongside Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ultrawideband (not to mention WiMax, Near Field Communication (NFD), and others), a new wireless technology is entering the marketplace. An ABI Research study entitled ZigBee and 802.15.4 Wireless Networks provides an overview of ZigBee and its strengths in the marketplace -- and predicts a market explosion for the technology over the next few years.

ABI analyst Chris Lopez explains that ZigBee's strength lies in the fact that it combines low power consumption with a low data rate. "Bluetooth is used for wire replacement, which requires about a megabit of data rate," Lopez says. "ZigBee, on the other hand, uses a maximum of 250 kilobits, which is extremely low -- and that's how they're able to achieve the low power consumption."

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