The History of LonWorks


  • Mike Markula, one of the original founders of Apple, founded Echelon (the creator of LonWorks) in 1983 with the vision to create a technology to allow the networking of everyday devices.
  • The LonWorks development faced numerous challenges as their business model is not to manufacture the silicon but license the networking firmware in silicon and provide the surrounding “glue” that helps companies quickly get to market with a control network.
  • Today, LonWorks is used widely in the building automation market, where it is both best known and a market leader.

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