World leader in secure connectivity solutions, NXP, to supply key components for Kumbaya zeroXess single board computers, a modular solar-powered system to bring electricity, connectivity and content to off-grid communities globally
SAN JOSE, Calif. and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. - March 14, 2018 - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI), today announced that Kumbaya, Inc., the company behind the zeroXess solution for off-grid power, connectivity and content, has chosen NXP’s i.MX 6 applications processors and Kinetis microcontrollers for its recently launched zeroXess single board computers. With NXP’s processor series portfolio, Kumbaya is able to easily and quickly manufacture zeroXess computers to provide highly optimized power, connectivity and content to off-grid communities globally.
NXP, one of the largest non-memory semiconductor suppliers and the leading semiconductor supplier for secure identification, digital networking, and power efficiency, has collaborated with Kumbaya to provide key components for the zeroXess power and connectivity device. As a result of the companies’ collaboration, people in off-grid communities gain access to an economically-priced home energy and communication hub for collecting and distributing power to other devices, equipped with a touch screen to allow users to easily view, monitor and control power, connectivity, lights, communication and the consumption of information.
“NXP is excited to be a part of Kumbaya’s mission of delivering a secure, high performance platform for a smarter world,” said Richard Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to work with Kumbaya to provide a user friendly, integrated solution, to the communities that need it most - connecting the unconnected.”
A simple single board computer, zeroXess is powered by 120W solar panels with industry-leading efficiency. Equipped with agnostic connectivity and direct one and two-way communications leveraging UMTS/LTE/TVWS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and satellite connectivity, the system not only brings the power of sunlight indoors, powering four LED light fixtures and up to six USB-powered devices, such as mobile phones and medical devices, but also delivers TV and radio capabilities to bring local news, information and entertainment to off-grid communities. Built-in sensors within the system detect and warn against hazards like CO/CO2., temperature and humidity. The platform also allows access for non-invasive eHealth monitoring devices and point-of-care decision support.
“In collaborating with NXP, Kumbaya can better provide critical power, connectivity, and content to off-grid communities, with quality components and the support of one of the largest players in the field,” said Mike Freni, founder and CEO of Kumbaya. “This technology is truly changing lives for the better, and working with NXP ensures our growth plans to reach as many communities as possible in our effort to connect the last billion are both solid and sustainable. Together we will make a lasting positive impact.”
Kumbaya is “Connecting the Unconnected,” bringing sustainable power, connectivity and content to off-grid communities globally. Electricity powers connectivity. Connectivity powers knowledge. And knowledge powers social and economic progress. Kumbaya’s mission is to create sustainable solutions that enable the under-served, unconnected people of our world to transform their lives. With this in mind, Kumbaya built zeroXess, a solar-powered home energy and communications platform that is affordable, reliable and sustainable, to ensure there is always electricity, light, connectivity, and access to the information of the world. Founded in 2016, Kumbaya is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at www.Kumbaya.co.