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Qorvo Unveils New Software Development Kit to Accelerate Deployment of Smart Home Gateways

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 seamlessly with various sensors, controllers and systems within todays Smart Home.

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. The SDK architecture is fully scalable and flexible, enabling 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 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,” said Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvos Low Power Wireless business unit. “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.”

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