Connectivity Standards Alliance awards prestigious Golden Unit designation for Zigbee PRO 2023 to ubisys and Qorvo
Düsseldorf, Germany, April 12, 2023.
The new Zigbee PRO 2023 standard brings an abundance of new features to the core of Zigbee and furthers security, robustness and interoperability.
Based on its industry leading Compact7B™ Zigbee stack with a track record of multiple Golden Unit (GU) designations over the past decade, ubisys’s latest generation GU supports all mandatory and all optional features that Zigbee PRO 2023 introduces. The GU and Device Under Test (DUT) roles are both fully scriptable for automated testing. A single universal binary covers all network roles: Zigbee Coordinator & Trust Center, Zigbee Router, as well as sleepy and non-sleepy Zigbee End-Devices.
Jon Harros, Head of Certification and Testing, Connectivity Standards Alliance says: “ubisys have been a long-time contributor to the Alliance specifications and this latest version is no exception. They have contributed their knowledge and experience to the team working on the Zigbee PRO 2023 standard, and their platform is amongst the first to be given Golden Unit status for this specification.”
The Zigbee PRO 2023 GU designation for ubisys complements the recently achieved Zigbee Direct 1.0 GU status for the same ubisys Alpha Sco platform. It is built on the intriguing combination of the powerful Qorvo QPG7015M multi-standard wireless controller with ConcurrentConnect technology and a Raspberry Pi single-board computer. With this final piece, ubisys provides a single binary that integrates Zigbee PRO 2023, Zigbee Green Power and Zigbee Direct – all certified and all having attained GU designation – a hattrick that is unique in the industry!
The ubisys solution is ready for integration into products with immediate effect.
Arasch Honarbacht, CEO of ubisys, explains what Zigbee PRO 2023 “made by ubisys” brings to the table: “We have been driving standardization of this new major revision of Zigbee right from the start in 2017. Along the way, we took care of seamless integration of Zigbee Direct. There are so many great and exciting enhancements and improvements that it is hard to single out a specific one. Something we are particularly proud of are our contributions that led to the addition of Curve25519 and SPEKE. This suite provides mutual authentication based on asymmetric cryptography as a further highly secure onboarding option. This optimally efficient PAKE protocol comes at such a little cost in terms of resource requirements that upgrading existing products in the field is straight-forward. This makes state-of-the-art in cryptography available to all Zigbee products. We support it even on products deployed more than 10 years ago! We also put forward routing improvements and other bits and pieces that will further increase interoperability and robustness in multi-vendor scenarios. The same is true for the set of features that is frequently subsumed under ‘(Works with) All Hubs’ – an initiative driven by major ecosystems to further strengthen interoperability and security of Zigbee solutions. Migrating to the latest and greatest Zigbee stack remains as easy and hassle-free as it has always been for our customers. In fact, we have already started rolling out Zigbee PRO 2023 in our own products. Some features remain dormant until we flip the switch. This is another great capability of our Zigbee PRO 2023 stack – it can behave as a Zigbee PRO 2017 stack to the outside world while, under the hood, it is in fact a fully-featured Zigbee PRO 2023 stack. This allows for a smooth, graceful upgrade of existing deployments, giving partners time to evaluate and upgrade, and allowing Zigbee 3.0 successor programs to fully assimilate all the new core stack features at higher layers.”
Tim Allemeersch, senior manager of Applications Engineering for Connectivity Systems at Qorvo, says, “We are thrilled that the QPG7015M and its development platform were selected as a Golden Unit for Zigbee PRO 2023. Our excellent relationship with ubisys has once more put us in a leading position to provide standard and fully certified solutions to our customers. Our customers will greatly benefit from this as they will get access to a known-good and certified platform reducing their workload when certifying their own products as they can rely on the QPG7015M Compliant Platform status. The IoT Dev Kit Pro, which includes the QPG7015M based gateway and QPG6105 based end node, will give customers access to the ubisys Zigbee PRO 2023 stack as well as access to Thread, Matter™ and Bluetooth® Low Energy functionality. The QPG7015M’s unique ConcurrentConnect Multi-Channel and Multi-Radio capabilities enable all these stacks to run concurrently, allowing customers the ability to leverage all the Zigbee PRO 2023 features while at the same time supporting Matter and Bluetooth protocols.”
As one of the leading companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, Düsseldorf-based ubisys technologies GmbH develops smart products and solutions for connected building technology and helps manufacturers to prepare their products for the digital age. ubisys has made a considerable contribution to key aspects in the development of the Zigbee standard and has been honored with multiple “Zigbee Golden Unit” awards for its efforts. The company’s own products include roller shade controllers, dimmers, smart power outlets and heating controllers, apps for iOS and Android, gateways and cloud services with APIs for integration in third-party services. Its broad customer and partner base includes well-known lighting manufacturers, real estate companies, telecommunications providers, chip manufacturers, electrical and heating installation companies, architects, system integrators, wholesalers and private end customers.
Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise, and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks, and defense radar and communications. We also leverage our unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places, and things. Visit www.qorvo.com to learn how Qorvo connects the world.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance is the place where industry professionals across the globe come together, paving the way to a world of seamless interaction that is transforming the way we live, work, and play. We believe all objects can work together to enhance our day-to-day experiences, and together we create the standards, tools, and platforms which make this possible.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance is the foundation and future of the IoT. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.
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