GreenPeak Technologies announced its new GP410 chip offering, the new ZigBee PRO Green Power feature for low-cost energy harvesting and ultra-long battery life ZigBee applications for the smart home.
The GP410 IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee PRO Green Power controller is a fully integrated system-on-chip solution for power harvesting end nodes for light switches, smart home devices, or for applications designed to run on a single battery for many years.
The Green Power feature gives devices the ability to join any Green Power-enabled ZigBee PRO 2012 network. Without requiring batteries, the self-supporting devices typically generate (harvest) just enough power themselves to communicate a brief command, the company says. For example, a light switch without a battery harvests energy from flipping the switch on or off. That makes the light switch a self-powered device that can be located anywhere in the room without a need for running power wires.
The GreenPeak GP410 features a radio transmitter, an integrated real-time Medium Access Control (MAC) processor, a security engine and a harvester interface. Ultra-low power consumption ensures that multiple (redundant) packets can be transmitted with a small harvester or tiny battery. The GP410 is designed to support both bursting and trickling energy harvesters.
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