ZigBee 3.0 SDK to accelerate deployment of smart home gateways

May 10, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Qorvo's ZigBee 3.0 software development kit (SDK) is aimed at smart home gateways that incorporate the 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 today’s Smart Home. It 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.

The GP712 radio communication controller chip supports 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. True multi-channel support enables the protocol stacks to seamlessly communicate on different channels.