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Dedicated ZigBee RF4CE chip targets set-top box

Posted: 09 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:communication controller  ZigBee  RF4CE 

GreenPeak Technologies unveils the GP510, said to be the first communication controller chip to facilitate the transition from traditional IR for the set-top box to ZigBee RF4CE 2.4GHz communication technology.


The GP510 SoC has been developed as a low cost RF4CE solution designed for the new generation ZigBee set-top boxes. The GP510 is optimised for low cost BOM while providing superior range and reliability.

Superior Wi-Fi interference robustness in combination with patented antenna diversity technology results in approximately twice the reliable range (compared to similar systems with only one antenna) in a crowded wireless 2.4GHz environment, enabling full home coverage, according to the company. The integrated RF filtering simplifies 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 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. A complete suite of interfaces to the main processor is available (SPI, TWI or UART-based).

GP510 development kits are available to assist OEMs to evaluate the GP510, to facilitate their integration and to allow a simple implementation of ZigBee RF4CE technology in the set-top box for a quick time to market.

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