The GP712 incorporates optimized range and low-power operation, as well as 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 software upgrades.
Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “A new market report from Berg Insight states that 91 million homes in the EU and US will be smart by 2020. 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.”
Qorvo’s platform uses OpenThread (https://openthread.io/). 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.
More information about the IoT is available by downloading the Qorvo free e-book series, “Internet of Things For Dummies.” The two-volume series is designed to help technical and nontechnical professionals understand the intricacies of the IoT.