Technologies, a leading Smart Home RF-communication semiconductor
company, today announced its new GP410 chip offering the new ZigBee
PRO Green Power feature for low cost energy harvesting and
ultra-long battery life ZigBee applications for the Smart Home.
The GP410 IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee PRO Green Power controller is a fully
integrated system-on-chip solution for power harvesting end nodes for
light switches, smart home devices, or for applications designed to run
on a single battery for many years.
The Green Power feature gives battery-free, energy-harvesting devices
the ability to join any Green Power enabled ZigBee PRO 2012 network.
Without requiring batteries, the self-supporting devices typically
generate (harvest) just enough power themselves to communicate a brief
command. For example, a light switch without a battery harvests energy
from flipping the switch on or off. This energy is captured to send the
"on" or "off" command to the network to switch on or off the appropriate
light. Hence, the light switch is a self-powered device that can be
located anywhere in the room without a need for running power wires.
The GreenPeak GP410 features a radio transmitter, an integrated
real-time Medium Access Control (MAC) processor, a security engine and a
harvester interface. Ultra-low power consumption ensures that multiple
(redundant) packets can be transmitted with a small harvester or tiny
battery. The GP410 is designed to support both bursting and trickling
energy harvesters and is therefore well suited to utilize the energy
harvested from flipping a light switch as well as solar powered sensors.
The integrated features simplify design complexity. Develoers can
design low cost light switch products by using simple PCB antennas that
require no shielding. No additional components, such as a voltage
converter, are required to design a self-powered end node.
"GreenPeak is one of the first ZigBee Alliance members to offer Green
Power products, and as Vice Chair of the Green Power working group,
GreenPeak has been one of the driving forces and an influential
contributor in establishing the Green Power feature." says Cees
Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. "The GP410 enables
our customers to quickly develop and easily deploy low cost,
battery-free, self-powered solutions, the ultimate maintenance-free
Smart Home end-devices. Green Power nodes can also be powered by a small
battery, and due to the ultra-low power consumption, the battery will
easily outlast the application's expected life span. The high level of
integration of the GP410 makes it easy to design and develop low-cost,
light switches and other self-powered Smart Home applications."
Market research company IDTechEx
says: "With the building environment being the most successful vertical
for energy harvesting applications so far, it is an important
contribution from GreenPeak, to allow for easier integration of energy
harvester solutions through their Green Power GP410 chip for
battery-free ZigBee applications." Harry Zervos, technology analyst at
IDTechEx adds: "Such developments allow for faster deployments and will
create a further incentive for energy harvesting technologies uptake."
Green Power mentioned in the press release above refers to the ZigBee
PRO Green Power feature set. ZigBee, ZigBee PRO and ZigBee PRO Green
Power feature are trademarks of the ZigBee Alliance.
ZigBee: Control your worldZigBee offers green and global
wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work
together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee
Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400
members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use
ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as
the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use
in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information,
About GreenPeak TechnologiesGreenPeak Technologies is a
fabless semiconductor company and is a leader in ZigBee silicon
solutions for the smart home.GreenPeak is privately funded. It is
headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium,
USA, Japan and Korea.GreenPeak has won the prestigious 2012 Red
Herring Top 100 Europe award and is recognized as a leader in developing
new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and smart home
applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers.
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