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Dialog tries to convince skeptics that WiFi can beat low power rivals

Dialog Semiconductor has unveiled its new FC9000 family of WiFi SoCs, a family that it says can replace the likes of Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Bluetooth. It claims that its fancy new power management algorithms allow for sufficient battery life, while removing the need for “cumbersome” gateways between these other protocols and the Internet. Now, the gateway claim has some merit, but we do take issue that “typically supporting a battery power lifetime greater than one year” is not exactly the deathblow that we were expecting based on the pitch. Aimed at devices like connected door locks, video monitoring systems, and connected thermostats, the question for the FC9000 family is whether the one-year life is enough, or does it remain too…

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