Global RF solution provider Qorvo has unveiled the GP712 system-on-chip (SoC), the first multi-channel 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 incorporates Qorvo’s range and low-power operation as well as robust RF technology that limits interference. Its 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 says.
A new market report from Berg Insight states that 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,” said Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit.
“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 Thread President Grant Erickson. “Qorvo has been an active contributor to the Thread Group for several years, and we congratulate them on successfully completing Thread certification.”
Qorvo’s platform uses OpenThread. This Nest Labs initiative 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.
Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business invests heavily in the development of wireless semiconductor system solutions for connected devices, with a broad range of advanced RF chips and software for smart home data communications and the IoT.