RF semiconductor company Green-Peak Technologies will demonstrate its single radio multi-protocol and multi-channel chipset for ZigBee and Thread networks at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This solution offers a cost-optimized and future-proof solution that can combine these different communication protocols for connected home applications.
Introduced last July, the GP712 is reportedly the industry’s first radio communication controller to support ZigBee and Thread in a single device with fully independent channel selection – at the cost of a single protocol solution. The GP712 uses GreenPeak’s patented multi-channel feature that will allow simultaneous listening on different channels for both ZigBee and Thread packets using a single radio. It simultaneously supports up to three protocols in a concurrent and transparent way on different channels and allows combining ZigBee PRO, ZigBee RF4CE and Thread.
The chip can achieve major cost reductions for designing single-SKU, multi-protocol and future-proof gateways, connected thermostats and intelligent sensors. The GP712 is available in a small footprint 24-pins QFN package, suiting it for low-cost PCB design rules for price-sensitive applications.
As service providers look to offer more services to their residential customers, the smart gateway has evolved into a key enabler for new Smart Home services. The addition of Thread technology to Green Peak’s ZigBee portfolio of radio communication chips increases the freedom of choice for consumers in selecting sensors and actuators, as they can connect both ZigBee and Thread nodes in a fully transparent way to their smart gateway.
The Thread certified software stack and development kit is expected to be available by mid-2016.