21 Dec 2017

Zigbee-based smart voice assistant system unveiled

Qorvo, a provider of innovative RF solutions, has announced that its multi-stack, multi-protocol GP712 System-on-Chip is in the new Zigbee-based HUMAX Chorus Voice Assistant. The pairing is advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) by creating a turnkey, smart home system for operators that integrates gateways, sensor devices, cloud platforms and mobile applications.

Voice assistants are fueling growth in the smart home market. According to a report from Gartner, end-user spending for the worldwide virtual personal assistant (VPA)-enabled wireless speaker market is forecast to reach $3.52 billion by 2021, up from $720 million in 2016.

With the ability to support Zigbee and Thread on different RF channels, the GP712 enables designers to use a single transceiver for gateway products to simultaneously serve both protocols. This keeps gateway devices from becoming obsolete as protocol standards evolve. The GP712 also features Qorvo’s range and low-power operation, and robust RF technology that limits interference.

The GP712 was the first Zigbee 3.0-compliant platform, and the first multi-channel IoT transceiver in the industry to be certified for the Thread protocol.

Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “The integration of Qorvo’s future-proof GP712 in the HUMAX Chorus allows operators to easily deliver turnkey IoT solutions to consumers. Qorvo is the only company to simultaneously support Zigbee 3.0, Thread, Zigbee RF4CE and Zigbee Green Power in a single radio. This flexibility significantly expands smart home opportunities for operators and end users.”

Tae-Hun Kim, CEO of HUMAX, said, “HUMAX is excited to be working with Qorvo to integrate its GP712 chipset into our products. As a leading provider of gateway solutions, this will considerably enhance the innovative solutions and services we can provide our operators and end customers. HUMAX continues to provide excellence in the ever expanding Smart Home marketplace, and our association with Qorvo underscores our commitment in this field.”

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