Silicon Labs Acquires Zentri for IoT Connectivity


The companies will work together to simplify product design for the IoT.

Silicon Labs, a provider of both silicon and software, will acquire Zentri, which specializes in low-power and cloud-connected WiFi technologies for the IoT, the company announced on Jan. 23.

Zentri, which specializes in IoT security across industrial, commercial, and consumer applications, earned recognition in Gartner’s 2016 report on“Cool Vendors in IoT ‘Thingification.’”

Zentri offers a combination of modules, embedded software and cloud-based apps along with APIs and tools that let manufactures develop secure IoT end node products rapidly and without the need for wireless design expertise. Zentri also offers a library of cloud-connected apps with the goal of allowing IoT device makers to concentrate on fine-tuning and getting their products to market.

“Silicon Labs is proud to join forces with Zentri,” said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. “This acquisition builds upon our strategy to deliver comprehensive, multiprotocol silicon and software solutions to securely connect IoT products to the cloud. Zentri’s Wi-Fi expertise, software and tools will extend our multiprotocol connectivity portfolio to a wider range of power-sensitive IoT end node applications.”

According to their announcement, Silicon Labs stated that the two companies will combine to offer customers a comprehensive portfolio of IoT connectivity options with a wide range of feature and price points. Zentri’s leadership and engineering teams will stay on with Silicon Labs and continue their work in embedded WiFi, security and cloud technology for rapid IoT device development and deployment.

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