Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Qorvo certifies first Zigbee 3.0 smart home gateway

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Qorvo's Low Power Wireless business unit is the first in the industry to receive the ZigBee 3.0 certification for its smart home gateway platform. This enables software developers to quickly integrate the standard into their smart home applications and should provide more interoperability for devices in the smart home and Internet of Things.

The Qorvo unit was formed from the acquisition of leading Zigbee developer GreenPeak Technologies while Qorvo itself evolved from the merger of TriQuint and RF Micro Devices (RFMD), bringing embedded RF, processors and software together.

ZigBee 3.0 combines existing ZigBee smart home profiles in a single unified protocol that includes ZigBee Green Power for battery-less, energy harvesting devices. It also provides interoperability among a wide variety of smart devices for home automation, light control, building automation, retail services, health care and telecommunication services.
"Certified platforms are important tools for ZigBee 3.0 developers," says Lee Ratliff, principal analyst for connectivity and IoT at IHS Markit. "Platforms such as this allow more companies to participate in the ZigBee ecosystem by reducing complexity and shortening time-to-market for developers. This is especially important for the newly revised ZigBee 3.0 standard which helps address the pent-up demand from developers eager to introduce compliant products.*"

"Receiving the industry's first ZigBee 3.0 certification underscores Qorvo's leadership in providing complete solutions for the IoT market," says Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvo's Low Power Wireless business unit. "Our ZigBee 3.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) for smart home gateways allows software developers to use a mature and well documented model to deliver solutions quickly and cost effectively. Together, our SDK and Qorvo's multi-channel and multi-protocol GP712 communication chip enable gateways to handle a variety of different connectivity standards. Developers can now plug in different application protocols as needed. Multiple leading gateway manufacturers have started the development of a ZigBee 3.0 gateway with Qorvo's GP712."

The new ZigBee 3.0 SDK for smart home gateways provides an optimized design template enabling a quick system integration. Developers can focus on building a system without needing to dig into the details of the ZigBee 3.0 standard. By incorporating the GP712 radio communication controller chip in the new ZigBee 3.0 SDK for smart home gateways, multi-channel radio support is guaranteed. It allows seamless communication with various sensors, controllers and systems. Its multi-stack protocol capability and the scalable software architecture enable application developers to smoothly integrate current and upcoming standards.

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