Qorvo has announced the availability of a ZigBee 3.0 software development kit (SDK) for Smart Home gateways that incorporate the new GP712 radio communication controller chip from GreenPeak Technologies (now the Low Power Wireless business unit of Qorvo).
The ZigBee 3.0 SDK allows application developers to program a GP712-equipped gateway to communicate with various sensors, controllers and systems within today’s Smart Home. The new SDK was unveiled at the Qorvo/GreenPeak Technologies at CES Asia in Shanghai.
The ZigBee 3.0 SDK includes simplified software development models (APIs) that enable quick development of GP712-equipped gateway products as part of complete, end-to-end systems for the Smart Home. According to Qorvo, the SDK architecture is scalable and flexible in order to enable a smooth integration of upcoming standards, such as Thread. When combined with the GP712, the SDK allows gateway manufacturers to remain protocol agnostic and support multiple communication stacks in a single device.
“Our new SDK allows application developers to quickly build a ZigBee 3.0-enabled gateway that functions as the heart of the integrated Smart Home. GP712-enabled gateways serve as the central point for information gathering and routing of communication between sensors, controllers and smart phone apps,” Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvo’s Low Power Wireless business unit, stated.
“Smart services like home monitoring, senior lifestyle, HVAC and lighting that use different communication standards will be around for some time. This SDK adds protocol intelligence to the gateway, enabling it to communicate simultaneously using a variety of technologies, and helps ensure compatibility with current and future standards. We believe this important addition to our portfolio will allow the Smart Home market to continue to grow in a future-proof way.”
The GP712 radio communication controller chip, unveiled at CES2016, is intended to enable the coexistence of multiple Smart Home systems based on the IEEE 802.15.4 radio standard, supporting ZigBee 3.0, Thread, ZigBee RF4CE and ZigBee Green Power in a single radio. Multi-channel support enables the protocol stacks to communicate on different channels.