STMicroelectronics Teams With Tapko to Deliver Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers for Smart Building Automation

STMicroelectronics Teams With Tapko to Deliver Energy-Efficient 
Microcontrollers for Smart Building Automation 
World's Most Widely Used Smart-Building Protocol Now Available for
Over 500 STM8 and STM32 Microcontrollers, Including Ultra-Low-Power
GENEVA and REGENSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/13 -- 
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Tapko
Technologies, a leader in KNX(1) solutions for home and building
control, have released a KNX communication stack for all ST's STM8
and STM32 microcontrollers. This initiative will speed up development
of smart-building systems for automatic lighting, heating and other
environmental controls that help enhance energy efficiency and user
The move addresses a market estimated at over EUR 600 million in
Europe alone(2), and allows engineers to leverage the advanced
capabilities of ST's STM8 and STM32 microcontroller families for
innovative residential or commercial building-automation products.
Over 500 variants are available, including ultra-low-power STM8L and
STM32L devices, maximizing freedom to optimize price, power
consumption and functionality. 
KNX is currently used in over 70% of European smart-home devices. As
an open standard, KNX promotes interoperability, saves costs and
enhances flexibility for product developers and equipment owners. Now
managed by the KNX Association, it is ratified as CENELEC EN 50090 or
CEN EN 13321-1 in Europe, GB/Z 20965 in China, ANSI/ASHRAE 135 in the
USA, and globally as ISO/IEC 14543-3. 
"With ST's large families of 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers now
readily available to the KNX community, we expect to see even more
widespread deployment within Europe and worldwide of smart-building
systems that help reduce the energy usage and environmental impact of
homes, offices and factories everywhere," said Petar Tomic, CEO of
Tapko Technologies GmbH. 
"The STM8 and STM32 families offer advanced features, extremely low
energy consumption and extensive compatibility between devices,
families and software helping to minimize development costs and time
to market," said Michel Buffa, Microcontroller Division Manager,
STMicroelectronics. "With the KNX stack now also ported, our
customers can leverage this popular protocol to create competitive,
high-performing smart-building solutions." 
ST's 8-bit STM8 microcontrollers and 32-bit STM32 ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M
devices provide powerful features such as an LCD controller,
motor-control timers, Power-On Reset, real-time clock,
memory-protection unit, dual watchdogs, anti-tamper protection,
embedded EEPROM, fast and low power Analog to Digital Converter,
flexible DMA matrix and optimized power consumption modes for
battery-operated applications. The STM8L and STM32L best-in-class
ultra-low power is the result of ST's 130nm and 110nm low-leakage
process, unique design techniques ensuring high performance from a
voltage supply as low as 1.65V, and multiple power-management modes
with fast wake-up. 
In addition, the high-performance STM32F2 series, which features up
to 1Mbyte Flash, Ethernet MAC and hardware encryption, provides
support for KNX tunneling over IP allowing secure communication with
smart-building systems via the Internet. 
About STMicroelectronics
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About Tapko Technologies
  Tapko Technologies GmbH was established in
October 1999 by Klaus Adler and Petar Tomic who were part of the
original development group of EIB over 2 decades ago.  
The principal office is located in Regensburg, South Germany. The
main business area is building automation. Tapko is full KNX Member
and ISO 9001/2008 certified. 
With its partner APRICUM d.o.o., Tapko has been building a constantly
growing manufacturing place for innovative KNX products since 2001.
APRICUM d.o.o. is located in Split, Croatia, and is under the
leadership of Olivera Tomic. 
In May 2011 Christian Gosse and Tapko established TAPKO GOSSE & TECH.
This fast developing company with location in Mutzig, near Strasbourg
in France, is managed by Christian Gosse. He has done a significant
contribution to the KNX specification and is one of the fathers of
KNX-RF. TAPKO GOSSE & TECH is specialised in KNX-RF products with a
long lasting experience in industrial product development. 
(1) KNX is the world's most widely used protocol for networking
sensors and actuators for smart-building systems. It was designed and
is well suited for lighting and shutter control, heating, ventilation
and air conditioning, security and monitoring, and water control and
energy management. 
 (2) BSRIA European Smart Home Market Study 
ST Tapko Home Automation:  
For Press Information Contact: 
TAPKO Technologies
Petar Tomic 
+49 941 30747-12 
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354 
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