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In-Home Display from Talon Communications based on TI low-power RF technology offers consumers a smart home solution - 236142

Second generation IHD based on TI's CC2530 low-power RF system-on-chip provides increased visibility into energy usage

Oct 7, 2009

DALLAS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As consumers demand greater visibility into their energy consumption in order to keep energy costs down, Talon Communications has selected Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI) (NYSE: TXN) low-power RF technology as the preferred solution for the Talon edot™ In-Home-Display (IHD), the latest in a family of Home Area Network (HAN) devices servicing the Smart Energy Initiative. The edot IHD utilizes TI's CC2530, a complete IEEE 802.15.4 2.4-GHz radio frequency (RF) system-on-chip solution. Talon's edot offers a simple user interface that displays relative energy cost and also provides status updates that include RF link quality and battery status condition. Talon's "green" device offers a battery life of 5-7 years and, with its built in magnet, can be conveniently attached to high energy consumption appliances to remind consumers of the best time to use. For more information, please visit www.taloncom.com or www.ti.com/talon-prhome.

"The market for Home Area Network devices is nascent and Talon is at the forefront of developing HAN products, including the world's first IHD in early 2007 and other devices including Energy Service Portals (ESP), routers and gateways," said Shimon Gersten, CTO at Talon. "Talon edot is the most cost effective IHD available, enabling utilities to provide their customers with the information they need to make intelligent choices on reducing electricity usage."

"With its fridge magnet form factor, the Talon edot provides an extremely intuitive way for the consumer to monitor energy consumption and cost," said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager of TI's metering business. "TI's smart grid portfolio makes advanced home automation possible with a broad range of solutions, including the CC2530, which is an ideal solution for this type of device due to its high integration and ZigBee communication capabilities."

TI's broad portfolio drives smarter grid solutions

TI's comprehensive utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted at electricity, water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that allow customers to design smart grid solutions. From highly optimized application specific embedded processors, low-power RF, high-performance analog, power management and RFID to dedicated software support for ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, WMBUS, OFDM and SFSK modulations, TI offers the most complete solution set for smart metering.

Pricing and availability

The edot is available now and costs $10 in high volume. Find out more about the edot at www.taloncom.com/smartenergy.htm

Find out more about TI's smart home solutions by visiting the links below:

About Talon Communications, Inc.

Based in San Diego, CA, Talon is a premier low power wireless product development company specializing in turnkey wireless product development for the consumer, medical and government markets. From initial concept development to product distribution, Talon turns ideas into viable products. Talon has been actively developing IEEE® 802.15.4™ and ZigBee® devices beginning with the first available components and is focused on developing new ZigBee® products for the Smart Energy and Continua Health Alliance markets.

Talon is a charter member of Texas Instrument's Low Power Wireless 3rd Party Design Group and a ZigBee® member company. The design house network is a group of independent companies that offer system-level design and product services including design feasibility, complete system design, hardware/software integration, prototyping and manufacturing across a wide range of product applications such as Industrial, Medical, Video, Consumer and more.

For more information, visit www.taloncom.com.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.


ZigBee is a registered trademark of the ZigBee Alliance. IEEE 802.15.4 is a trademark of the IEEE. edot is a trademark of Talon Communications. All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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