ZigBee and Wi-Fi Direct Devices Hit Milestones

Two wireless connectivity technologies reached significant milestones recently.

On May 22, the ZigBee Alliance announced that the number of ZigBee certified products now available has surpassed 500. This is a significant milestone for the ZigBee Alliance and demonstrates the commitment of its member companies to the technology. See my recent insight for more information.

A quick search on the Wi-Fi Alliance website reveals that 745 products are now Wi-Fi Direct certified (as of May 17, 2012). There's a certain amount of cross-over, with many ICs and end applications (that might use the IC) being certified, but nevertheless it does show that Wi-Fi Direct has a major presence now. See my other recent insight for more information.

It's interesting to see both of these technologies "coming of age"; no doubt both stories are very different. The ZigBee ecosystem has grown from scratch, carving out relatively niche markets such as smart meters. Wi-Fi Direct has an already very well established market to build on, over 14,000 Wi-Fi enabled devices have been announced to date, and hence its growth has been rapid over the last three years.