GainSpan, a provider of low-power Wi-Fi connectivity, will showcase its latest wireless solutions for the smart energy market at DistribuTECH 2014. The company’s next-generation GS2000 Wi-Fi/ZigBee chips, modules and application development kits (ADKs) will be on display at the Symmetry Electronics Booth #825.
The GS2000 is a single-chip solution that brings together two IEEE low power standard wireless technologies: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and ZigBee (802.15.4). It offers device manufacturers the option to develop a single product (SKU) supporting both wireless technologies as well as the capability to bridge between these technologies.
Other key differentiating features include Wi-Fi Direct concurrent mode, allowing a device to act simultaneously as a station as well as an access point; support for meshing/routing over 6LoWPAN; support for several Smart Energy Profile (SEP) device types and function sets such as DRLC and pricing; an energy measurement unit and 16-bit Sigma Delta ADC channels, eliminating the cost of an additional power measurement chip; a dual IPv4/IPv6 stack.
With its low power consumption and fast wake up time from idle state, and its extensive and integrated networking stack, the smart-energy optimized GS2000 solution is designed for applications such as meters, thermostats, smart plugs, appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, lighting and more.
GainSpan demonstrations will feature the GS2000-based Thermostat and Smartplug ADKs. The Thermostat ADK is a complete reference design for a thermostat with wireless connectivity and an excellent starting point for development of Smart Thermostats that adjust to homeowner usage patterns, a home’s thermal characteristics and outside temperature. The Smartplug ADK is a complete reference design for smart plugs and smart power strips.