NXP Semiconductors has announced that it will release the source code that underpins its low-power wireless networking software that enables 'smart' connectivity and device-to-device communication.
The JenNet-IP software — which is a part of the company's smart lighting products, announced on Monday — will be available under an open-source licence in Q4 2011, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
"In recent years, interest in the 'internet of things' — in which every device has an IP address and could be monitored and controlled via a secure internet connection - has gained considerable momentum," NXP said in a statement. "However, a major roadblock to adoption has been the proliferation of different networking software variants for different applications."
The company said by releasing the software on an open source basis it will accelerate the integration of two-way 'smart' communication between devices and help to create a cross-application standard for wireless connectivity.
NXP will also be forming a consortium with a "focused set of charter members" to which it will contribute the JenNet-IP software stack.