Qorvo®, a provider of RF solutions that connect the world, and ubisys, a smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) company, have developed a new ultra-compatible gateway solution.
It is designed to allow various devices to communicate by integrating a ZigBee® 3.0 and Green Power-based smart home network within the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) IoTivity framework.
The open-source IoTivity framework provides specifications for seamless device-to-device connectivity across diverse physical media, transports and application layers. This framework is essential as the number of IoT devices – already in the billions – continues to grow. The global ZigBee home automation market alone is forecast to grow at a 26% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016-2020*, and when other markets like industrial and environmental IoT are added, the need for common specs is clear.
The Qorvo IoTivity plug-ins will be the first to support a single, multi-stack radio chip. Wireless products – such as the Qorvo GP712 chip – simultaneously handle multiple IoT network layers, including Thread, ZigBee 3.0 with Green Power and RF4CE networks. The highly integrated GP712 simplifies the design of IoT gateways, routers and set-top boxes. By reducing components and antennas, it automatically mitigates the coexistence challenges of multiple IoT networks.
Dr. Arasch Honarbacht, founder and managing director of ubisys, said, “We joined the OCF to support its ground-breaking work and are using our IoT expertise to bring ZigBee 3.0 interoperability to this high-level framework. IoTivity is perfectly suited for uniting products under a single IP umbrella. The IoTivity plug-in we created with Qorvo is an adapter to the ubisys Smart Facility Service. It combines the unique advantages of ZigBee 3.0 including ZigBee Green Power and the OCF IoTivity reference design.”
Cees Links, general manager of the Qorvo Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “Today’s connected devices are generating huge amounts of data. Having them all work together opens a new world of smart applications. By adding IoTivity, our wireless solutions become technology-agnostic and enable billions of IoT devices to connect. Imagine the possibilities of a truly smart home.”
Qorvo will feature live demonstrations of innovative smart home and IoT solutions at its booth during the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 5-8, 2017, Sands Expo, Halls A-D Booth #42114.
More information about the IoT is available by downloading the newest 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. The e-books are available here.
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