GreenPeak ramps up production on RF4CE chip
GreenPeak Technologies said its controller chip for RF4CE, designed specifically for use in set-tops and gateways, is now generally available.
Consumer electronics companies seem to be increasingly relying on the low-power RF4CE (ZigBee) technology for wireless interconnectivity for home electronics. Cable companies in particular have been enthusiastic about replacing IR communications with RF4CE.
The GP510 chip integrates multiple antennas (“antenna diversity technology”) to minimize interference with local Wi-Fi signals. Integrated RF filtering allows the company to simplify the RF design complexity, which enables low-cost, single-layer applications using simple PCB antennas requiring no shielding and a minimum number of external components.
The company said the result is that it can approximately double the reliable range compared to similar systems with only one antenna, and do so cost-effectively.
The MAC and network layer are integrated for efficient data communication management, and the embedded ZigBee RF4CE network layer enables fast and simple integration. The chip is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, providing robust spread spectrum data communication with a highly secure encrypted data flow.
“The market for ZigBee RF4CE is ramping quickly, and we see the remote control/set-top box market now growing into the millions per month. The GP510 is GreenPeak’s answer to this increasing demand and delivers an optimized architecture for the new generation set-top box. The set-top box is increasingly becoming the Internet gateway into the home, combining the distribution of entertainment content, as well as management data from sense and control applications for the smart home,” said Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies.
GP510 development kits are available.