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January 10, 2014

NXP Debuts Wireless Smart Lighting Network at CES

Eindoven, Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors is demoing a wireless smart lighting network at 2014 International CES (News - Alert) that uses an energy harvesting switch developed by EnOcean which uses no wires or batteries, according to a statement released by the company. ­­­­­­

The network runs on Near Field Communication technology to collect network parameters through an Android (News - Alert) smartphone, which are then passed to the switch. The network connects the devices through an existing Wi-Fi router in the home. Wireless LED bulbs and lamps, which can also be added to the network, are also being demoed. (The demo is also shown in this video.) The network is available immediately, while the bulbs and lamps debuted last year.

"Wireless smart light bulbs are now available from major retailers in the U.S.,” said Thomas Lorbach, marketing manager, RF connectivity solutions product line, NXP Semiconductors (News - Alert). “The challenge now is to ensure that setting up and expanding a wireless smart lighting network is as painless as possible for the everyday home user. NFC provides a quick, secure and easy way to add new devices to home networks and to the broader 'Internet of Things.’”

EnOcean COO Matthias Poppel said that his company is “proud” to have partnered on the system with NXP. "Very quickly, we were able to develop a battery-less wireless switch module prototype for the first time operating a 2.4 GHz radio and NFC powered by energy harvesting,” he said in the statement.

NXP CEO Richard Clemmer also announced at CES that the company is looking to purchase as much as $1.5 billion worth of acquisitions and that public companies would be the target, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “An acquisition could happen this year, but it’s not imminent,” he said.

Clemmer added that the company’s ability to reduce its debt has allowed them to consider the purchases, saying that NXP is “much more comfortable considering transactions on a much larger scale.”

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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