Rohm joins energy harvesting alliance
Rohm Semiconductor has joined the energy-harvesting technology alliance based EnOcean’s wireless technology for in-building networks.
Rohm said it will promote EnOcean’s battery-less wireless technology as the next wireless communication standard.
This indicates the Japanese chip firm’s interest in developing battery-less wireless sensor networks.
“In Japan we are seeing an increasing demand for energy-efficient buildings based on reliable and sustainable solutions,” said Graham Martin, chairman of the EnOcean Alliance.
“Rohm is a very strong and highly experienced partner who will support us to educate this emerging market on the advantages of energy harvesting wireless solutions and establish the technology as the number one communication standard in buildings,” said Martin.
The EnOcean Alliance consists of nine companies from Europe and North America as a non-profit organisation.
The wireless standard is based on ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 WEP (Wireless Short Packet) protocol for low-powered (energy harvested) devices.
“EnOcean’s batteryless wireless and maintenance-free technology has the potential to bring new opportunities not only to the building or home energy management system sector but also to the sensor network market,” said Hidemi Takasu, managing director of the R&D headquarters at Rohm.