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ZigBee chip from GreenPeak aimed at smart home apps

Posted: 16 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZigBee? smart home? coin cell battery? communication controller?

GreenPeak Technologies has announced its latest ZigBee chip geared to address the smart home market demand for low power sensor applications such as door sensors, window sensors, temperature sensors and light switches.

According to the company, the GP490 is a low cost, ultra-low power ZigBee PRO communication controller that allows smart home devices to operate on a coin cell battery for more than 10 years, eliminating the maintenance problem of frequent battery replacement.

The GP490 promises to deliver features that include bi-directional commissioning, bi-directional communication and full security mode. GreenPeak boasts the device's WiFi interference rejection mechanisms and guarantees a reliable full home coverage.

The GP490 enables developers and manufacturers to supply ZigBee smart home sensor solutions that can be offered as low as $5 each, added the firm.

The GP490 development kit with reference design and software is available and allows a quick time to market. It will guide device manufacturers to build low cost, low power sensor nodes, optimised for battery and coin cell battery operation. Certification guidelines and tools are provided to ensure an efficient ZigBee certification for a cost optimised feature set of the ZigBee Home Automation (HA 1.2) Application Profile.

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