Utrecht, The Netherlands – GreenPeak Technologies has expanded its smart home portfolio with the launch of a reference design for a low-cost passive infra-red (PIR) sensor. The reference design can enable application developers to quickly build a ZigBee-enabled motion sensor that is ready to be produced with GreenPeak’s qualified ODMs and can be integrated in smart home applications, including home monitoring, senior lifestyle, smart HVAC or smart lighting.
“The motion detector is one of the corner stones of many Smart Home applications,” said Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak, in a statement. “Our engineers have optimized the reference design to combine the three features that really matter in a PIR sensor: long battery life, low cost and full room coverage. We leave it up to the application developers to create the exciting applications around it that truly make our lives more comfortable and safe.”
The reference design is based on GreenPeak’s GP490 ZigBee communication chip and uses the patented antenna diversity mechanism for enhanced wireless range and full home coverage. The motion sensor’s range detection provides detection performance for full room coverage, as required in multiple smart home applications, said GreenPeak. This motion detector is capable of ignoring motion caused by pets, eliminating false alarms.
The reference design includes all required tools and examples to implement a ZigBee PIR motion sensor application. An example motion sensor application - including the ZigBee stack and all necessary application-specific components, software development tools (IDE, debugger), a set of reference layout and schematic files, user manuals and application notes are included. “The reference design allows a market price below $10 and makes it a very attractive solution for a wide range of applications,” said GreenPeak.
The PIR sensor kit is the first reference design kit launched as part of GreenPeak’s new portfolio of sensor design kits for the smart home. Additional design kits will be available for door/windows sensors, leakage detectors and temperature sensors.