Xanboo and Zensys To Develop USB Controller for Z-


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Here is a copy of the press release. I haven't seen this anywhere else on cocoontech but I could have missed it. If so please delete.

May 11, 2005
CONNECTIONS, Burlingame, CA, May 11, 2005?Xanboo, makers of the Xanboo SmartHome system for monitoring and controlling homes and businesses, and Zensys, makers of Z-Wave, the two-way, wireless, mesh network communications technology, today announced they are jointly developing a low cost USB controller. This will enable Xanboo system users to add a variety of Z-Wave enabled devices to their current device line-up.

The new Xanboo Z-Wave USB controller will work seamlessly with Xanboo's Connected Home Operating System and Software Platform, which enables users to easily control devices in the home locally and/or remotely.

In addition to developing a USB Controller for Z-Wave enabled products, Xanboo will work with existing Zensys customers to quickly and cost-effectively bring multiple Z-Wave-enabled products, such as wireless sensors, cameras, and lighting controls, to market.

Production of new Z-Wave enabled home control products will occur at Xanboo's 90,000 sq ft ISO9000 sub-contract engineering and manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.

'We feel the timing is ideal to add support for third-party devices and technologies, such as Z-Wave, into the Xanboo Connected Home Operating System and Software Platform,'said Bill Diamond, President of Xanboo. 'Xanboo's Operating System and Software Platform is the most market ready, plug n?play, and cost competitive solution for home control on the market today. We feel that Zensys will be a terrific partner in making available a wider range of home control devices to consumers worldwide.'

'Our relationship with Xanboo is yet another validation of Z-Wave's status as the de facto standard for home control,'said Raoul Wijgergangs, vice president, business development, Zensys. 'Xanboo's SmartHome system, together with its ability to design and manufacture low cost devices, will help Z-Wave partners quickly launch a wide range of devices and help speed mass adoption of home control.'

About Xanboo

With its end-to-end SDK' provisioning technology platform, from the device to the central server, Xanboo designs applications and services delivered over high-speed internet connections for consumer and business markets. With Xanboo, value-added broadband services can now be deployed, allowing users to realize the increased peace of mind, convenience, and efficiency that the Internet brings to their everyday lives. Xanboo is headquartered in New York City. Its investors include Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX), Globespan Virata (Nasdaq: GSPN), Itochu, Suez Industrie and the investment bank SG Cowen.

About Zensys

Zensys, an Intel portfolio company, is the leader in wireless networking technology for residential control and status reading applications. Z-Wave Technology is an RF based, two-way; mesh network, communications protocol that enables standard devices in the home to be controlled and monitored wirelessly. Zensys offers low-cost, low-power, integrated MCU/Transceiver chips, development tools, and services.