The Zigbee Alliance is responsible for administering one of the most widely used wireless standards in the world The Internet of things Thanks to its low consumption. The new standard, jointly developed by the four parties, was announced at the end of 2019 under the name Home connected via IP, And abbreviated as chip a The CHIP project.
Chip: The benchmark arrives this year
The new benchmark has suffered some delay, but is finally looking ready to enter the market. This new standard aims to introduce a unified communication of products from Google, Amazon, Apple and ZigBee To communicate with each other, so that companies creating new devices can make them compatible with them Any smart ecosystem from the market.
This initiative is open source, and it is beneficial to both businesses and consumers, who can purchase any device without worrying about whether or not it will be compatible with their ecosystem. In addition to the big three mentioned, there are about 170 other companies that are part of the Zigbee Alliance, such as Samsung SmartThings, IKEA, NXP Semiconductors, Signify, and Silicon Labs.
The standard is used Bluetooth LE For the initial setup, while a file WIFI It leaves it for bandwidth-consuming tasks, like sending pictures from a security camera. It is also compatible with threadIt is a standard for low-bandwidth network networks, such as motion or temperature sensors. Thread is already included in devices like the 2nd Gen Nest Hub, HomePod Mini, or the latest Eero WiFi routers.
Zigbee and Z-Wave will disappear
As the company announced in a webinar, the first devices with CHIP certification will be on the market at the end of 2021, so maybe by this Christmas we can buy the first devices that are compatible with the standard. Among them we will find Electric lights, blinds, heating, air conditioning, televisions, smart garage doors, security systems, WiFi routersAnd a long period of time, etc.
In addition to being included in devices launched on the market at the end of the year, there will also be switches to add this connection to existing devices. Thanks to this, if we have a device compatible with HomeKit but not with Alexa, we can make it compatible. With CHIP, other old standards like Zigbee Way Zee Wave They will disappearTherefore, purchasing and setup will be easier.