SAXA Adopts GainSpan Chips for Ultra Low Power Wi-Fi Sensors

Fully integrated sensor and system ideal for wide variety of wireless sensor applications

SAN JOSE, CA - GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in ultra-low power Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things, announced today that SAXA, Inc., a subsidiary of SAXA Holdings, Inc. is using the GainSpan GS1011 system-on-chip (SoC) in the SAXA Wireless LAN Sensor NX-163. This Wi-Fi based sensor along with the SAXA monitoring software can be used in a large variety of applications.

The NX-163 integrates light, temperature and humidity sensors and could also be connected to external sensors to communicate sensor information over Wi-Fi to a computer or smart phone. SAXA is initially targeting the smart energy market, with the Wi-Fi based sensor being used as a sub-meter to measure and monitor energy consumption. The new device will also see applications in the agriculture, home security and fitness markets. SAXA is currently sampling this product to customers.

SAXA's Wireless LAN Sensor NX-163 integrates the GainSpan GS1011 SoC to deliver an ultra low power consumption profile for long battery life applications, in a small (92×62×29mm ), lightweight (120g) and TELEC * certified package. The Wi-Fi enabled sensor easily interfaces to the existing Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) infrastructure for a wide variety of condition monitoring applications.

"Our collaboration with GainSpan has been very beneficial in bringing our newest wireless sensor to market," said Mr. Shigeru Suzuki, Manager, Hardware Development Dept. Research & Development Division of SAXA, Inc. "GainSpan's Wi-Fi chip is optimized for sensor applications. It consumed less power than any competitive Wi-Fi solution on the market and was extremely easy to integrate."

"We are very pleased that SAXA has selected our ultra low power Wi-Fi chip for their Wi-Fi sensors," said Greg Winner, CEO at GainSpan. "SAXA's sensors enabled with GainSpan's technology give users the benefits of long battery life, while leveraging the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure in homes and buildings, significantly reducing overall operation and installation costs."

About SAXA

SAXA Holdings, Inc. (SAXA) is a leading provider of communications system components and solutions. Various products being offered by SAXA include wireless systems, IP systems, home security systems, digital video recorders, security alarms, sensors, key telephone systems, telemetering equipment, network equipment, and IC card-related equipment, among others. The company operates through 12 subsidiaries. SAXA's four major subsidiaries are SAXA, Inc., SAXA Business System, Inc., SAXA Advanced Support, Inc., and SAXA Precision, Inc. SAXA is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan, a spinoff of Intel Corporation, is an innovator and leader in semiconductor solutions for wireless connectivity for the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. GainSpan solutions let customers easily create connected products for the Connected Home, Smart Energy, healthcare/fitness, control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets and high-speed audio, video and security applications. GainSpan is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance® and the ZigBee Alliance.