GreenPeak’s new multi-channel chipset will simultaneously support ZigBee and Thread networks
The new GP712 for gateways and set-top boxes makes IoT solutions future-proof, at no additional cost
GreenPeak Press Release
Utrecht, The Netherlands – June 30, 2015 – GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semiconductor/system company, today announced the GP712, the industry’s first single radio multi-protocol chipset with multi-channel receive capability for set-top boxes, gateways, and other advanced IoT devices.
As ZigBee is the dominant communication technology for wireless sensor networks and Thread will quickly become a prevailing player in the same IoT communication space, application developers and device manufacturers need a future-proof solution that can combine both communication protocols for connected home applications. The GP712 will enable devices to support multiple protocols in normal operation, or to create a single SKU (stock keeping unit) that determines the type of protocol used in the consumer’s home at the time of installation instead of as a factory selection.
In 2013, GreenPeak was the first to supply a multi-protocol solution, the industry’s first single radio multi-protocol chip for set-top boxes and gateways. Today, with the launch of the GP712, GreenPeak adds its patented multi-channel receive feature that will allow simultaneous listening for both ZigBee and Thread packets using a single radio. This is a major cost reduction for designing future-proof set-top boxes or gateways. Furthermore, GreenPeak has improved its frequency agility mechanism to provide enhanced co-existence of the various applications with other 2.4GHz wireless communication systems. In combination with GreenPeak’s market proven and patented antenna diversity solution to further optimize the received signal quality, GreenPeak has again created the most robust solution in the market today. The GP712 comes in a small footprint 24-pins QFN package, making it well-suited for low-cost PCB design rules in price sensitive applications.
“Both ZigBee and Thread will be dominant in the Smart Home and IoT” says Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “In order to support both communication technologies, the new GreenPeak GP712 intends to support the two protocols in a single QFN package thereby offering a future-proof, low-cost, small footprint, single chip solution. The goal for our next generation GP712 radio chip will be provide the industry’s best multi-channel and multi-protocol solution to support concurrent, transparent and complimentary ZigBee and Thread network application processing, all in the same design, at no extra cost.”
“There has been a lot of hype surrounding the IoT, but that doesn’t mean the potential isn’t real,” says Lee Ratliff, Principal Analyst at IHS Inc., a leading global market intelligence firm. “Trends in connectivity will result in tens of billions of new connected devices in the coming decade. One thing that is clear is that multiple protocols will co-exist in markets such as the Smart Home and manufacturers must have a plan for multi-protocol environments. Silicon providers that offer a smart and integrated solution to support both communication protocols allow their customers to keep all future options open, without compromising on price, reliability or market positioning.”
Designed for devices in and around the home, Thread easily and securely connects hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power, wireless mesh network. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home, educating product developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies including ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in October 2014, Thread has quickly grown to more than 110 members. For more information, please visit threadgroup.org.
About GreenPeak Technologies
GreenPeak Technologies is an award winning fabless semiconductor/system company and the world recognized leader in the IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things. The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention of WiFi and made it into a commercial success used by several billion people today. GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and Smart Home applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers. GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA, Korea and India.
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