Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, and ubisys, a leading smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) company, have developed a new ultra-compatible gateway solution. It allows 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 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 percent 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 advantages of ZigBee PRO and ZigBee Green Power devices, while supporting the common OCF IoTivity specifications.”
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.”
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 at: www.qorvo.com/iot-for-dummies
The Qorvo Wireless Connectivity business unit is one of the leading developers of wireless semiconductor system solutions for connected devices, with a broad range of advanced RF chips and software for smart home data communications and the IoT.
Promoting the ubiquitous deployment of smart wireless systems, ubisys technologies GmbH is a leading Smart Home and Internet-of-Things company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its broad portfolio includes core technologies like certified ZigBee Golden Unit stacks, software for building smart home hubs, cloud services, advanced products including roller shade controllers, dimmers, smart power outlets and heating controllers as well as complete, consumer-facing solutions with gateways and apps for iOS and Android.
Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications. We also leverage our unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things. Visit www.qorvo.com to learn how Qorvo connects the world.
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* Global ZigBee Home Automation Market, August 2016, Sandler Research