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IndustrIal MeMorysolutIons ZigBee to the rescue of Fifth Play services By Cees Links CABLe CoMPANieS AND service pro- viders worldwide are about to start roll- ing out a new Fifth Play service offering that makes the connected home more of a smart home. in addition to provid- ing the existing Four Plays: tV and entertainment, internet access, phone service (VoiP), and cell phone services, operators will be adding the Fifth Play – smart home services for monitoring Longterm avail- energy usage, home health, security, ability, small climate control, etc. Companies like Comcast, time Warner and Verizon are and powerful already marketing and installing these Fig. 1: The GreenPeak GP 710 dual types of Fifth Play Smart home solu- ZigBee radio chip. tions. this Fifth Play will make the set-top on the set-top box processor, and al- thes-200 / 220 / 300 series: box evolve into the “home Control Box” lowing simultaneous rF4Ce and other MICro sd Memory Card and that communicates with the various ZigBee protocol operations – see the sd Card offering highest sensors and devices in the home which block diagram on figure 2. Its superior then can be controlled and monitored range covers the whole home and its reliability – ideal for space – via a local rF4Ce remote control or ultra-low power consumption for long constrained applications over the net via smartphone applica- battery life makes it a good choice for tions. Where previously the set-top integrated low cost Smart home ZigBee • 512 MB - 8 GByte box was just responsible for distribut- applications. ing content through the home, the (SLC NAND FLASH) home Control Box makes it possible What you should know • Power Fail Protection for consumers to control all kind of ap- about ZigBee RF4CE • SD/SDHC and SPI Mode plications in their homes and over the ZigBee rF4Ce (radio Frequency for internet with smart phone apps. Consumer electronics) provides a multi- • Extended temperature grade vendor interoperable solution for con- (-40°C to +85°C optional) Aimed at set-top boxes, gateways sumer electronics featuring a simple, and Smart home controllers, the gP robust and low-cost communication • Up to 25 MB/sec data rate 710 dual ZigBee radio chip – see figure network for two-way wireless connec- • Life Time Monitoring (S-200/220) 1 - can simultaneously support ZigBee tivity. ZigBee rF4Ce is a full member of rF4Ce applications – such as remote the ZigBee family and is based on the • ESD Protection controls – as well as ZigBee Pro or IEEE 802.15.4 specification – see figure • Controlled BOM ZigBee iP Smart home applications 3. Developed for consumer electron- such as security, home care and energy ics devices, it was designed for simple, management. two-way device-to-device control appli- The benefits of this GreenPeak dual- cations that do not require full-featured protocol communication chip are much mesh networking capabilities. simpler product design, cost reduction of the total product bill-of-material (sin- rF4Ce has already found its way gle silicon) and a less complex PCB and into tV’s, set-top boxes and remote antenna that makes it simpler and faster controls. ZigBee RF4CE offers ease of for developers to integrate ZigBee into installation, a high level of reliability over their set-top box or gateway designs. a longer range, a very long battery life, the gP 710 includes special hard- and it includes special features to avoid ware features to enable multi-protocol Wi-Fi interference rejection (amongst support, minimizing the interrupt load others channel agility). ZigBee rF4Ce More information: offers low memory size requirements swissbit.com/microsd Cees Links is the Ceo of greenPeak thereby enabling low cost implementa- technologies - www.greenpeak.com tions. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2012 4119.10.12 11:50anz_mirco_sd_und_sd_familie_60x277mm_en.indd 1


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