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Monday, April 18, 2016

Qorvo buys GreenPeak Technologies to access the Internet of Things

By Nick Flaherty

One of the pioneers of the Internet of Things, Greenpeak Technologies, has been bought as part of the continuing consolidation in the semiconductor industry.

GreenPeak and its founder and CEO Cess Links, has been a vocal advocate of Zigbee for IoT applications in the home and enterprise.:

ZigBee transceiver adds Wi-Fi coexistence and deep packet inspection for Wake-on-LAN

Qorvo is the result of the merger of RF MicroDevices and GaAs speciliast TriQuint in 2014, and bringing GreenPeak in gives ultra-low power, short range RF communication technology for IoT. The acquisition of Netherlands-based GreenPeak will allow Qorvo to expand its customer offering to include highly integrated RF solutions and systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the connected home and the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT).

“The acquisition of GreenPeak Technologies will complement Qorvo’s market-leading high power RF portfolio with innovative ultra-low power, short-range wireless personal area network (WPAN) SoCs, ZigBee and Bluetooth solutions.  GreenPeak brings a world-class technical team and solutions to Qorvo, allowing us to increase our presence in the rapidly expanding IoT market,” said 
James Klein, president of Qorvo’s Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP) group.

Links will head up the IDP group within Qorvo. “Our team is excited to join Qorvo and continue our legacy of creating ultra-low power RF solutions for our customers.  We believe Qorvo will be a great environment for the GreenPeak team to grow as part of a much larger company serving many more global customers,” he said.

GreenPeak Technologies adds longer range, robustness and best-in-class WiFi interference rejection with no latency in production-ready reference designs that will allow quick time to market for integration into smart home and IoT applications. In 2015, GreenPeak celebrated shipment of its 100 millionth ZigBee chip to the smart home market.

According to research firm Gartner, Smart Home networking and IoT markets addressed by 802.15.4, ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology are estimated to grow to $2.3 billion by 2020; and related smart markets such as retail, agriculture, automotive, lifestyle and commercial lighting are expected to grow to $4.9 billion by 2020. Beyond smart home networking, demand is growing to connect a variety of devices including HVAC, energy, security, home health, and remote controls utilizing innovative ultra-low power wireless data communication SoCs.

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