As ZigBee is the dominant communication technology for wireless sensor networks and Thread will quickly become a prevailing player in the same IoT communication space, GreenPeak Technologies announced the launch of GP712, the first single radio multi-protocol chipset with multi-channel receive capability for set-top boxes, gateways, and other advanced IoT devices. It allows simultaneous listening for both ZigBee and Thread packets using a single radio, and helps reduce cost for designing future-proof set-top boxes or gateways.
GP712 will enable devices to support multiple protocols in normal operation, or to create a single SKU (stock keeping unit) that determines the type of protocol used in the consumer’s home at the time of installation instead of as a factory selection. The GP712 also comes in a small footprint 24-pins QFN package, making it well-suited for low-cost PCB design rules in price sensitive applications.
“Both ZigBee and Thread will be dominant in the Smart Home and IoT” says Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “In order to support both communication technologies, the new GreenPeak GP712 supports the two protocols in a single QFN package thereby offering a future-proof, low-cost, small footprint, single chip solution. Our next generation GP712 radio chip provides the industry’s best multi-channel and multi-protocol solution for concurrent, transparent and complimentary ZigBee and Thread network application processing, all in the same design, at no extra cost. ”
“Trends in connectivity will result in tens of billions of new connected devices in the coming decade,” says Lee Ratliff, Principal Analyst at IHS Inc., a leading global market intelligence firm. “One thing that is clear is that multiple protocols will co-exist in markets such as the Smart Home and manufacturers must have a plan for multi-protocol environments. Silicon providers that offer a smart and integrated solution to support both communication protocols allow their customers to keep all future options open, without compromising on price, reliability or market positioning.”
Source: GreenPeak Technologies