Certified Z-Wave Solutions from the Leader in IoT

The Silicon Labs Z-Wave wireless solutions are end-to-end solutions with software and hardware building blocks for both controllers and end devices for home security and smart home devices including door locks, thermostats, shades, switches, and sensors. Z-Wave software provides the foundational features required in the Z-Wave specification and enables you to focus on your application with no need to be a protocol expert.

Z-Wave LR Introduction

Z-Wave LR extends connectivity beyond the boundaries of the home and accelerates the adoption in other verticals such as light commercial, hospitality, and MDUs.

Unboxing the Z-Wave 800

Watch the on-demand presentation of  the New 800 Series where we unbox the new series and provide a technical demonstration using the ZWAVE-PK800A development kit.

Z-Wave Certification

Interoperability between Z-Wave products is critical, and in this overview we take a look at the types of certifications available and the process required to achieve them.

Z-Wave Modules and SoCs Select Columns
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Description Z-Wave Long Range Flash (kB) RAM (kB) Sensitivity (dBm) Package Type Package Size (mm)
Z-Wave 800 Modules
ZGM230S Modules
Z-Wave 800 SiP Module 512 64 -110.9 SiP 6.5 x 6.5
Z-Wave 800 SoCs
EFR32ZG23 Series 2 SoCs
ZG23 Wireless SoC Series 2 512 64 -108.1 QFN40, QFN48 5x5, 6x6
Z-Wave 700 Modules
Z-Wave 700 Modules
Z-Wave 700 SiP Module 512 64 -103.9 SiP 9 x 9
Z-Wave 700 SoCs
Z-Wave 700 SoCs
Z-Wave 700 Modem SoC 256 32 -106 QFN32 5 x 5
Z-Wave 500 Modules
Z-Wave 500 Modules
Z-Wave 500 PCB Module, Z-Wave 500 SiP Module 128 16 -94.3, -93 PCB, SiP 8 x 8

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Z-Wave Kits & Boards
Pro Kits
Modular kits for software development and feature evaluation of IoT devices
Starter Kits
Modular kits for software development and feature evaluation of IoT devices
Development Kits
Full-featured application development kits
Evaluation Kits
Product and feature evaluation kits
Demo Kits
Use case and feature-specific demos
Reference Designs
Application-specfic designs showcasing complete system solutions
Radio Boards
Wireless starter kit plug-in boards featuring specific SoC or module wireless devices
Expansion Boards
Starter kit and ecosystem accessory boards
Thunderboard Kits
Low-cost software development and prototyping kits for IoT devices
Debug and Programming Tools
Debugging and programming tools and accessories

Z-Wave Software Development

We provide smart home IoT device makers with a full range of Z-Wave protocols including Z-Wave 500, Z-Wave 700, Z-Wave LR, and the latest Z-Wave 800. You can find links to the latest software and tools available for Z-Wave development and debugging below.

  The Z-Wave 800 Series Software Developer Kit (SDK) helps developers create Z-Wave Plus compliant smart home devices quickly and cost-effectively.
  Alliance certified Z-Wave controller based on Unify SDK. Unify SDK simplifies IoT infrastructure development including gateways, access points, hubs, bridges, and application processor-based end products. Unify SDK provides common building blocks that ease connectivity across IoT ecosystems including Z-Wave.
  Z/IP Gateway is an out of the box alliance certified Z-Wave controller Distributed as source
  The Z-Wave 700 Series End Device Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) helps developers create Z-Wave Plus compliant smart home devices quickly and cost-effectively.
  The Z-Wave 500 Series End Device Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) intended to help developers creating Z-Wave Plus compliant products in a fast and cost-effective manner.

*The Z/IP gateway is a free reference design intended for development and demonstration purposes only.  It is provided as is, with no warranties. Customers are advised to conduct security and compliance testing of all gateways during the product design process.


Z-Wave Technical Library

Access to Data Sheets, App Notes, and more.

Z-Wave Training

Find all Z-Wave training resources

Z-Wave Certifications

Learn the process to certify your products for Z-Wave

Z-Wave Specifications

Learn more about Z-Wave specifications

Z-Wave Protocol Lifecycle

Read about Z-Wave software longevity

Z-Wave Global Coverage

See global frequency coverage

Development Questions?
  • Visit The Community

    Engage with our engineers and developers from around the world and check out our knowledge base articles featuring FAQs, example code and additional resources.

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What is Z-Wave?

The Z-Wave protocol is an open, interoperable, sub-GHz wireless communications technology designed specifically for control, monitoring and status reading applications in residential and light commercial environments. Z-Wave has two operating modes Z-Wave MESH which is a very reliable sub-GHz MESH and Long Range which operates in a STAR topology offering over a mile range. Mature, proven and broadly deployed (with over 100 million products sold worldwide), Z-Wave is by far the world market leader in wireless control, bringing affordable, reliable and easy-to-use ‘smart’ products to many millions of people in every aspect of daily life.

Silicon Labs Z-Wave Solution

The Silicon Labs Z-Wave solution is an end to end solution with software and hardware building blocks for both controllers and end devices to create a full smart home IoT system. The Z-Wave software gives you the foundational features required in the Z-Wave Specification and enables you to focus on your application with no need to be a protocol expert.

Z-Wave End Device Software

The Z-Wave End Device software from Silicon Labs enables end devices such as security sensors, door locks, light switches/bulbs, and many more to benefit from the pre-certified Z-Wave applications, all certified under the latest certification program from the Z-Wave Alliance. For more custom device applications you can leverage the Z-Wave Application Framework.

The complete suite of Z-Wave certified HW and SW building blocks enables system solutions, for end device makers and controller/gateway companies, to build Z-Wave powered smart home products and enjoy the benefits of taking part in the Z-Wave Ecosystem.

Z-Wave Controller Software

The Z-Wave Controller software from Silicon Labs enables faster time to market, as it handles all connectivity and protocol details allowing you to focus on your application software and cloud connection. The Z-Wave Controller solution with Unify SDK provides features such as easy and secure commissioning, network maintenance, a mailbox for battery devices and more ensuring that your controller product is in compliance with the required functionality from the Z-Wave Alliance Specification. The controller solution is pre-certified under the latest Z-Wave certification program from the Z-Wave Alliance and distributed as a source code via GitHub. The pre-certified Z/IP Gateway option is also still available and distributed as a source code, but it is in maintenance mode.

Z-Wave Compared

  Range Data Rate Frequency Band Network Topology
Z-Wave 100 m 100 kbps 915/868 MHz MESH
Z-Wave Long Range >1000 m 100 kbps 912 MHz STAR

What is Z-Wave used for?

Z-Wave is designed to meet the demands of the future smart home, hospitality and MDUs, where increasing needs for more sensors and battery-operated devices require both long-range and low power. Our sub-GHz Z-Wave solutions offer best in class security, Smart Start provisioning, battery life of up to 10 years, full home and yard coverage, customer product-level interoperability and backward compatibility.

Z-Wave is, by far, the most widely used wireless protocol for the home automation industry. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets, without interference from the other wireless devices you might have in your home. Z-Wave can be added to almost anything electronic, even devices that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as “intelligent,” such as appliances, window shades, thermostats and lights.

Z-Wave offers integrators and system designers a world of business opportunities, along with the products and training to make those opportunities pay dividends for both you and your clients. Now integrators can easily deliver all the hot applications that customers are asking for, including remote home and business management, energy conservation, connected solutions for independent aging, real estate and property control and more. All with no new wiring and the confidence that comes with an interoperable standard that works seamlessly between brands.

  • Reliable sub-GHz technology

    Offering wide coverage and up to 10 years on a coin cell

  • Interoperability and backward compatibility

    Over 3000 products from 700 manufacturers

  • Best-in-class security

    Z-Wave S2 + Secure Vault™ for Z-Wave 800

  • Z-Wave SmartStart

    Easy and error free secure inclusion

  • Pre-certified building blocks

    Easy development and faster time to market

  • Z-Wave Long Range

    Up to 1.5-mile wireless communication range

Learn more about Z-Wave with these training assets

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