Qorvo’s multi-channel IoT transceiver is certified for Thread Protocol

Qorvo, provider of RF solutions that connect the world, announced this week that its GP712 System-on-Chip is initial multi-channel Internet of Things (IoT) transceiver 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 adds leading ultra-low power wireless data communication controller chips for smart home applications and the IoT to its portfolio with the acquisition of GreenPeak Technologies. In addition to its smart energy and ISM products, Qorvo’s IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee radio communication chips are in a wide range of smart home solutions for energy efficiency, thermostats, HVAC and light control, home monitoring and family lifestyle applications.

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 with the GP712 development platform.

Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business is one of the leading developers 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.

“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.”

“A new market report from Berg Insight states that 91 million homes in the EU and US will be smart by 2020,” said Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit. “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.”

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