GainSpan combines Wi-Fi and ZigBee IP on a single chip - Embedded.com

GainSpan combines Wi-Fi and ZigBee IP on a single chip

The GS2000 from GainSpan Corporation combines low power standard wireless technologies: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and 802.15.4, an industry first, according to the company.. The new SoC contains multi-standard RF as well as both 802.11b/g/n and 802.15.4 PHY/MAC functionality, dual ARM Cortex -M3 processors, networking stack and services, and large memory size to support various application profiles, all on a single silicon die.

The GS2000 features a dual mode IPv4/IPv6 TCP/UDP networking stack along with additional networking services, enabling a complete networking solution for embedded MCU based applications. It supports Wi-Fi WLAN software and networking features, ZigBee IP– which is based upon 6LoWPAN–and IP based addressing and methods over both 802.11 and 802.15.4 wireless standards.

By incorporating the only two wireless IP-based Home Area Network (HAN) standards while supporting IPv4 and/or IPv6 devices, the GS2000 extends internet connectivity wherever there is a Wi-Fi access point or hotspot, and leverages the key benefits of each technology—the high data rates and widespread availability of Wi-Fi along with the small channelization and meshing capability of ZigBee IP. In residential applications, for example, the solution will bridge the gap between smart meters using ZigBee and the new connected white appliances, all integrating Wi-Fi.

GainSpan’s GS2000 Wi-Fi/ ZigBee IP combo SOC and associated modules will be sampling in March with full production slated later this year.

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