Qorvo has announced that its Low Power Wireless business unit formerly known as GreenPeak Technologies is the first in the industry to receive the ZigBee 3.0 certification for its smart homes gateway platform. A certified ZigBee 3.0-ready platform enables software developers to quickly integrate the standard into their smart home applications. It is a gateway platform to provide multiple functions of technology. Through a single unified protocol, the existing ZigBee smart home profiles are combined with ZigBee 3.0. Energy harvesting devices function without batteries supported by ZigBee Green Power. Communication and interoperability among the wide variety of smart devices for home automation, light control, building automation, retail services, health care and telecommunication services is facilitated by ZigBee 3.0. Lee Ratliff, principal analyst for connectivity and IoT at HIS Markit says, "Certified platforms are important tools for ZigBee 3.0 developers". "Platforms such as this allow more companies to participate in the ZigBee ecosystem by reducing complexity and shortening time-to-market for developers. This is especially important for the newly revised ZigBee 3.0 standard which helps address the pent-up demand from developers eager to introduce compliant products." "Our ZigBee 3.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) for smart home gateways allows software developers to use a mature and well documented model to deliver solutions quickly and cost effectively. Together, our SDK and Qorvo's multi-channel and multi-protocol GP712 communication chip enable gateways to handle a variety of different connectivity standards. Developers can now plug in different application protocols as needed. Multiple leading gateway manufacturers have started the development of a ZigBee 3.0 gateway with Qorvo’s GP712", says Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvo’s Low Power Wireless business unit.