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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First multi-channel IoT transceiver certified for the Thread protocol

By Nick Flaherty at

Qorvo's two year old GP712 System-on-Chip is the first multi-channel Internet of Things (IoT) transceiver in the industry to be certified for the Thread protocol. 

With concurrent support for Thread and ZigBee on different RF channels, the GP712 enables designers to use a single transceiver on their gateway products to simultaneously serve both IEEE802.15.4 implementations.

The GP712 was developed by GreenPeak Technology in 2015 for long range and low power thorough an RF technology that limits interference. The multi-channel, multi-protocol design helps ensure that gateway devices are not made obsolete by shifting protocol standards. Capabilities can be added with simple software upgrades. Qorvo acquired Greenpeak in 2016.

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“The Qorvo multi-channel IoT transceiver addresses the burgeoning demand for Thread-enabled products, and we’re excited to see our members begin to capitalize on this opportunity," said Grant Erickson, president of Thread. "Qorvo has been an active contributor to the Thread Group for several years, and we congratulate them on successfully completing Thread certification.”

Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit and the man behind Greenpeak, pointed to a market report from Berg Insight that said 91 million homes in the EU and US will be smart by 2020. "However, no analyst can predict today which networking standard will rule tomorrow. If design engineers want to keep their options open for future directions, they should choose a multi-protocol solution for their gateway,” he said.

The GP712 uses OpenThread, a programme from Google's Nest Labs initiative that aims to provide an open-source implementation for the Thread standard for smart home solutions. Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business is actively engaged as a contributor to the OpenThread community with the GP712 development platform.

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