Trident IoT Launches Taurus Z-Wave Series Silicon

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 30, 2024


Trident IoT Launches Taurus Z-Wave Series Silicon

Carlsbad, California -- Trident IoT announced the release of the new Taurus Z-Wave Series of silicon solutions. The Trident IoT Taurus Z-Wave Series will encompass system-on-chip (SoC) solutions and modules that support the latest advancements in Z-Wave technology, including Z-Wave Long Range (ZWLR) for the U.S. and the implementation of the ZWLR European specification. The Taurus Z-Wave Series will ship with an SDK based on Open Z-Wave Specification Release 2024A.

The Taurus Series is based on an ultra-low power, high-performance Z-Wave SoC. The Taurus SoC solution is designed to enable Z-Wave solutions with ideal battery life, range, and memory. Taurus Series chips feature an ARM® Cortex®-M33 microprocessor, 1MB of flash program memory, and 288KB of SRAM data memory for processing and response time. Per the company, the sub-GHz radios transmit at +20 dBm and +14 dBm, enabling communication over distances up to 1+ miles. 

“The Taurus Series gives global manufacturers access to cutting-edge Z-Wave capabilities,” said Trident IoT co-founder Bill Scheffler. “This silicon series and SDK will be the first to implement the ZWLR European specification, accelerating IoT product development worldwide.”Taurus chips support Z-Wave Plus, Z-Wave Plus v2, and ZWLR, enabling the development of highly secure, reliable, scalable, and backward-compatible solutions for smart homes, hospitality, multi-dwelling units, and more. Using the ZWLR 12-bit addressing space, the Taurus Series supports networks of up to 4000 nodes; Taurus chips also leverage ZWLR dynamic power control, enabling end-point battery life of up to ten years from a single coin-cell battery.

Trident IoT will offer end-to-end engineering consultation for new products integrating Taurus Series silicon. In addition to the Taurus Series SDK, Trident IoT customers will have access to an exclusive library of Z-Wave and ZWLR device and sensor reference designs. Trident IoT also offers in-depth consulting from some of the industry’s foremost experts on wireless connectivity, including Z-Wave technology. 

To support the development of market-ready products, the Trident IoT lab is fully equipped and available for Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus v2, and ZWLR end-product compliance and testing.

Trident IoT can help device manufacturers decrease the time-to-market for new Z-Wave products by more than 60% by providing silicon, design services, and in-house compliance testing. According to Kevin Kraus, VP of Technology Alliances and IoT Business Development, Yale – Fortune Brands Innovation, “In-depth consulting services from the Trident IoT team will be an invaluable accelerator for Fortune Brands, helping us to bring new Z-Wave-certified products to market in the near future. With the launch of this new single-die silicon solution, we look forward to collaborating on new devices with next-generation capabilities, including long-range and potentially even multi-protocol devices.”

Taurus Series silicon will begin shipping at scale in Q4 2024. In the meantime, Trident IoT will issue Taurus Series samples to select partners for initial testing and product development.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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