Jennic

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Jennic Limited was a privately held UK-based fabless semiconductor company founded in 1996. It was acquired by Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors in 2010 and now operates as the NXP Low Power RF product line based in Sheffield, England. The company developed a range of wireless microcontrollers that support low-power wireless standards, particularly 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN and ZigBee, and also supplied wired communications products, e.g. ATM[1] and RapidIO[2] cores.

History[edit]

Founded by CEO Jim Lindop, Jennic's main investors included UK billionaire Eddie Healey.[3] [4] In addition to its headquarters in Sheffield, UK, the company had offices in China, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Customers included IBM, Texas Instruments, Johnson Controls and Honeywell.[5]

Originally focused on IP licensing and design services, Jennic repositioned to focus on fabless semiconductor design in 2004.[6] Jennic also received funding from the Department of Trade and Industry in 2005.[7]

In July 2010, Jennic was acquired by Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors for $12.2 million, plus an additional $7.8 million in consideration if certain performance targets were met.[8] Approximately 50 UK-based Jennic employees transferred to NXP,[9] and the organisation now operates as the NXP Low Power RF product line based in Sheffield.

Technology[edit]

Products developed by Jennic included JenNet, a wireless networking stack based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard.[10] JenNet included a 6LoWPAN protocol stack.[11] Jennic was the first chipset manufacturer to support this protocol for their 802.15.4 products.[12] In May 2011, NXP announced its intent to release JenNet-IP network layer software under an open source license.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.embedded.com/electronics-news/4132693/IBM-licenses-Jennic-ATM-technology
  2. ^ http://www.embedded.com/electronics-news/4158855/Jennic-validates-Serial-RapidIO-IP-in-silicon
  3. ^ "The market for mobile light switches" FT.com, 3 January 2007, retrieved 26 May 2011
  4. ^ "Rich List: Sofa tycoon Lord Kirkham sitting pretty" Sheffield Telegraph, 7 May 2011, retrieved 26 May 2011
  5. ^ "The market for mobile light switches" FT.com, 3 January 2007, retrieved 26 May 2011
  6. ^ "WTRS Executive Interview: Interview with Jim Lindop, CEO of Jennic Corporation" WTRS Newsletter, 18 July 2006, retrieved 26 May 2011
  7. ^ "Jennic receives £1.5 million DTI grant to fund further growth" D&R Headline News, 28 November 2005, retrieved 22 October 2009
  8. ^ "NXP buys Jennic, boosts short-range RF portfolio" EE Times, 26 July 2010
  9. ^ "NXP acquires low power RF specialist Jennic" EDN, 26 July 2010, retrieved 26 May 2011
  10. ^ "Jennic launches JenNet stack for scalable wireless sensor networks" EPN, 18 December 2007, retrieved 26 May 2011
  11. ^ Rongbo Zhu; Yan Ma (13 November 2011). Information Engineering and Applications: International Conference on Information Engineering and Applications (IEA 2011). Springer. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4471-2386-6. 
  12. ^ Zach Shelby; Carsten Bormann (17 August 2011). 6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet. John Wiley & Sons. p. 184. ISBN 978-1-119-96534-3. 
  13. ^ "NXP open sources JenNet-IP for Internet of Things" Electronics Weekly, 19 May 2011, retrieved 26 May 2011

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