Embedded Wi-Fi Modules From ZeroG Wireless Receive Certifications From Global Regulatory Agencies

Fully-certified embedded Wi-Fi solution saves tens of thousands of dollars for every ZeroG Wireless customer

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroG Wireless, Inc., an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi design, today announced the ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, FCC (USA), IC (Canada), and comply with RoHS, CE, and ETSI certification standards. These certifications dramatically speed time to market, minimize risk, and reduce the cost for designers creating Wi-Fi enabled devices by eliminating the expense of the certifications, reducing the engineering time required and minimizing the need to hire costly radio-frequency (RF) consultants. In addition the Wi-Fi I/O modules have passed all Japanese radio type approval testing.

ZeroG Wireless certified its modules to remove the most costly and time consuming portion of the testing and certification burden for its customers, enabling customers to focus on their core competency, not on regulatory certification. The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are certified with on-board as well as 13 external antenna options. An external antenna option allows developers to achieve an enhanced wireless range and to choose from a range of low-cost to high-performance antennas. This extensive level of certification also dramatically reduces risks in the complex RF design effort.

"Until now, implementing Wi-Fi in machine-to-machine communication, which drives the 'Internet of Things', had been cost-prohibitive. By providing modular certification, we have simplified the development process and reduced system cost for embedded Wi-Fi designs," stated Tim Colleran, vice president of marketing at ZeroG Wireless. "Part of our initial product roadmap was to deliver these certifications so our customers never had to worry about it. These certifications have been an important step forward."

The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules certification programs include the following:

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA)

The WFA certification program conducts tests in wireless interoperability. The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are "Wi-Fi certified" for 802.11b. This certification ensures that the ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules have passed rigorous testing for interoperability across existing consumer and business Wi-Fi equipments.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. As part of that charge, the FCC publishes and regulates the radiation standards to which all electronic components must comply. The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are certified to be fully compliant with FCC standards defined by CFR 47 Part15.247 2008.

Industry Canada (IC)

The Certification and Engineering Bureau of Industry Canada (IC) provides a certification service for both radio and terminal equipment in Canada. The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are certified to be fully compliant with IC standards defined by RSS 210: 2007.

Japanese Radio Type Approval

Under the Radio Law in Japan, licensed radio transmitter must either have an inspection by the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (MIC) staff before permanent operation or must have been certified by an authorized Japan body, such as TELEC. ZeroG has undergone TUV Japan testing (very similar to any other Japanese testing approval process such as TELEC), has passed all RF emission limits set by Japan regulatory bodies, and TUV Rheinland Japan is an authorized body in Japan to issue Radio Type approvals and other approvals for Japan.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an independent, non-for-profit, standardization organization of the telecommunications industry (equipment makers and network operators) in Europe.

The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are fully compliant with EN 300 328 for radio emissions, EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1 (2008-04) and EN 301 489-17 V1.2.1 (2002-04) for EMC (electromagnetically compatible), and EN60950 for the Safety testing. Also, the modules are fully compliant with Radiated Emissions EN 55022, Electrostatic Discharge EN 61000-4-2, and Radiated Immunity EN 61000-4-3.

CE and RoHS compliance

The CE, an acronym for the French "Conformite Europeenne", is responsible for placing CE marking on CE-certified products. It is a mandatory conformity mark on many products placed on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking certifies that a product has met EU health, safety, and environmental requirements, which ensure consumer safety. For CE compliance, the ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules were tested per IEC 60950-1:2001 1st Edition (IECEE CB Scheme).

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, or RoHS, is a directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment 2002/95/EC. It restricts the use of certain hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. The ZG2100M & ZG2101M "Wi-Fi I/O" modules are fully RoHS compliant.


The ZG2100M and ZG2101 modules are sampling now and are priced at $16.00 for 10K unit quantities in 2009. Development kits featuring the ZG2100M are also available for Microchip-based systems today from microchipDIRECT The ZG2100 single-chip transceiver will be available as a standalone product in mid-2009. It will be priced less than $5.0 in million-unit quantities.

About the "Internet of Things"

The "Internet of Things" is a network in which the Internet reaches out into the real world of physical objects. The phrase describes the technologies and research disciplines that make this network possible. With nearly every powered device capable of connecting to the Internet, the potential for commercial and personal use is unbounded. New products and new business models will flourish. ZeroG Wireless refers to this dramatic shift in communication, to "person to machine" and "machine to machine," as the 4th Age of Wireless(TM) -- the Internet of Things.

About ZeroG Wireless, Inc.

ZeroG Wireless is a fabless semiconductor company focused on creating a world of connected devices, the "Internet of Things." With ZeroG low-power Wi-Fi chips, there is no limit to the type of device that can now leverage the massive and rapidly growing Wi-Fi infrastructure. The Company's products are designed from the ground up to enable simple, low-cost connectivity for nearly any system, regardless of architecture. The result: faster time to market and significantly lower overall system cost.

Privately held, ZeroG Wireless is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Investors are Battery Ventures, Greylock Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Miven. Additional information may be found at http://www.zerogwireless.com/

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