Today Silicon Labs and Z-Wave Alliance announced plans to open the Z-Wave protocol, making it available to all silicon and stack suppliers. This change allows semiconductor and software developers to join the Z-Wave ecosystem, contribute to advancements of the Z-Wave standard and develop and supply sub-GHz Z-Wave radio devices and software stacks.
Releasing access to Z-Wave furthers our commitment to IoT standardization by expanding the smart home ecosystem and giving multiple vendors access to broader technology support and accelerated market adoption. Z-Wave has the most mature and pervasive smart home ecosystem in the market, with more than 100 million interoperable devices deployed, more than 3,200 certified products and over 700 member companies.
The Z-Wave Alliance will become a standards development organization for the Z-Wave Specification and will continue to manage the Z-Wave Certification program.
We will continue to invest in Z-Wave technology and contribute to its growth. The Z-Wave Specification is expected to be available in the second half of 2020. For more information, see our press release and website.