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Multi-stack radio chips support IEEE 802.15.4 protocol

24th July 2014
Siobhan O'Gorman

A series of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips, which support Thread's IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY protocol, have been released by GreenPeak Technologies. This is an IoT and Smart Home standardisation effort, as many other manufacturers within the industry are supporting this protocol, along with a 2.4GHz band, which the GP71x series also supports.

These chips also support Thread's IPv6 protocol, which enables chip upgrades using software rather than hardware. GreenPeak’s low-power radio chips are networking protocol agnostic and can run multiple protocol stacks at the same time.

"The Smart Home and IoT markets are still in early stages and different network protocols offer different advantages for different applications,” says Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies. “It is the products and services that we offer to our customers that really matter. For that reason, our chips are designed to be agnostic for the network layer. With our multi-stack capability, we protect our customers’ investment in infrastructure.”

“While the market addressed by low-power RF communication chips for the Smart Home is just emerging today, it is on track to grow to multiple hundreds of millions of units per year.” according to Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Technology Research. “Standardisation of the underlying communication technology is pivotal, but implementations that keep options open towards the future will help to accelerate the market.”

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