GreenPeak Technologies | Date: 2011-05-30
Biasing circuit for providing a supply voltage (Vdd) for an inverter based circuit. The biasing circuit is provided on a same die as the inverter based circuit, and includes a first shorted inverter circuit (T
GreenPeak Technologies | Date: 2010-12-31
Disclosed is a transceiver including a sub-sampling based frequency synthesizer with a sampling frequency f
News Article | August 17, 2015
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/g5ngm3/assisted_living) has announced the addition of the "Assisted Living Technologies - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Assisted Living Technologies in US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2014 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 84 companies including many key and niche players such as
News Article | September 5, 2014
As baby boomers (and now Generation Xers) get older and grayer, the market for technology to monitor their health and help them age at home, rather than in some institution, is a potential gold mine. And that is not lost on vendors wanting a piece of the action. The big conundrum for these vendors is providing technology that is drop-dead simple to use — i.e doesn’t need a ton of charging, resetting, and other futzing — and doesn’t feel stalker-ish. No one wants to feel as if she’s under surveillance in her own home, but the point of these devices — smartphones, smartwatches, in-home sensors — is, in fact, to watch the senior citizen, albeit with the best of intentions. First, the obligatory stat: Worldwide revenue generated by home healthcare devices and associated services will soar to $12.6 billion in 2018, up 121 percent from $5.7 billion in 2013, according to numbers released by market researcher IHS in May. IHS segments the overall market into six buckets — independent living services, consumer medical devices, telehealth, personal emergency response systems (PERS), wearable technologies and health gaming. There was a flurry of product release news on tech-for-seniors front this week. First, Lively previewed its new wearable PERS device in the form of a watch that combines a (big) button to reach emergency services, a pedometer and a medication reminder. It also includes “passivity sensors” to detect whether a senior’s activity is reduced and alert designated family or friends when thresholds for activity are not met. And because many older seniors may not have Wi-Fi in their homes, it relies on cellular service along with an in-home hub so that the device works within 1,000 feet of the base. The watch, pictured below, can also be paired with a smartphone to operate when the user is out and about. The unit costs $49.95, with service coming in at another $34.95 per month. Forrester Research senior analyst Julie Ask said one key to success in this market is making the technology so easy that it disappears into the woodwork — it needs super-long-life batteries, and a very easy and legible UI, both of which Lively has thought out. Big buttons are key for a population with vision problems and a watch is something that many in this demographic already use so the form factor won’t be jarring. The idea that a wearable device would note when its wearer has gone from 4,000 steps a day to 1,000 or less and ping a distant family member is pretty appealing. The AARP and Intel announced a new Atom-based Android tablet targeting the 70 million Americans over 50. The RealPad aims to make it easier for non-tech-savvy seniors to initiate video calls with their families and other tasks. The $189 device, which runs Android KitKat, comes with bundled support and an Intel-built RealQuickFix dashboard to show battery life, Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth status as well as easy fixes for common problems. GreenPeak Technologies, a company out of Utrecht, the Netherlands, has launched Senior Lifestyles, which pairs a home network of Zigbee sensors with a cloud-based data aggregation point that lets families share status data securely over popular social networking apps. If, for example, your grandfather is not detected moving around the apartment for eight hours, a message would go out to family or designated friends via Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat or QQ, according to the company. The internet of things means that more homes will be connected and monitored by your device of choice and that will be a big theme at Structure Connect next month in San Francisco. Finally, GreatCall, the company behind the popular big-button Jitterbug phone for seniors, this week launched its new Touch3 smartphone, which can come bundled with access to agents who use the phone’s location data and the user’s personal profile information to assess status in an emergency and send help. There is also 24-7 access to speak with registered nurses or doctors without a co-payment. Touch3 phones are $169.99 for the device alone. No contract is required but monthly service options including the aforementioned agent and medical services start at $24.99 per month, with data plans starting at $2.49 per month for 20 MB. The Samsung Galaxy phone also offers the MedCoach medication reminder app and a Link app for family caregivers, who can download it to their smartphones, access information in urgent situations and receive snapshots of daily activities. It’s good that these companies are researching the needs of this rapidly growing population, but there are a couple of caveats. First, it seems that some of these vendors (I’m looking at you, AARP and Intel!) lump all seniors into one humongous “over 50” block. That is a mistake. There’s a huge difference between 50- and 60-somethings, and older seniors in their eighties and nineties. That population is much less likely to be device-savvy and more likely to have vision and hearing impairments. For them, a whole other class of technology is needed — big-buttoned watches and smartphones might be of use, or perhaps a home sensor network connected to loved ones. Aging in place is a killer application area for the internet of things. If you or your grandmother can control her lights and coffee maker from a smartphone or easy to use tablet, that’s great. It’s even better if you can be discreetly apprised of her level of activity and alerted if she doesn’t take her pills on time. The dark side of that is making sure that only you or other authorized people are on the receiving end of that data. Seniors living alone with devices silently beaming out information about what they’re doing and when, about their mobility and state of health, also means big-time security issues. As we know very well by now, claiming something is secure is easy, but ensuring that it is so, is not. So I’m bullish on devices like the Lively Watch, which is a pretty unobtrusive device that provides a discrete flow of important data to authorized care givers. It seems like the sort of thing a senior might actually wear and forget about. It sure beats installing webcams around the house. But vigilance on the security side is essential.
News Article | April 29, 2015
UTRECHT, The Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semiconductor/system company, today announced the availability of a new white paper about ZigBee RF4CE. Originally developed by the consumer electronics industry to connect remote controls to TVs, DVD players, etc. RF4CE devices have now become the essential accessory for the Smart Home. Within the last few years, RF4CE has become the dominant standard and has been adopted by ALL the leading operators and their set-top box and remote control makers in the USA. Worldwide, over a 100 million new set-top boxes and remote controls are already using ZigBee and this number is growing rapidly. “RF4CE is a sophisticated two-way interactive wireless communication protocol ideal for the remote control of consumer electronic devices, set-top boxes and Smart Home applications,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “In addition to outstanding range, reliability and robustness, RF4CE’s ultra-low power requirement means that batteries never have to be replaced.” RF-technology offers many advantages over infrared – no need to aim the remote control at the device to be controlled and the ability of the signal to penetrate walls, floors and furniture. The two-way interactive feature provides “find-my-remote” capabilities and provides operators with a range of exciting features where they can communicate with the end-user (i.e. sending notices of upcoming shows, special offers and even downloading new software to upgrade the remote controls). With better range, better latency and much lower power consumption compared to competing solutions, ZigBee RF4CE is the best communication technology for RF remote controls. Apart from ZigBee’s networking capabilities and technical advantages over Bluetooth, ZigBee RF4CE has already won the remote control market. It is a mature technology backed by high volume expertise, used by world’s leading operators and available from a large range of providers, which makes it less expensive. Why is the remote control the essential accessory for the Smart Home? According to Cees Links, “Using your smart phone to monitor and control your Smart Home is great when you are away at work or traveling. But when you are at home, it is much easier to just press a button on a remote control to change the lighting, lock the doors, and turn on your air conditioning. Or when you are home, talking or texting on your smart phone, how are your kids going to be able to change the channels or volume on the TV? There will always be a place for remote controls and RF4CE is the technology of choice!” For more information about the benefits of RF4CE and why the cable entertainment and internet service companies have selected RF4CE as their preferred connectivity technology: download the white paper here: http://www.greenpeak.com/Technology/Whitepapers.html About GreenPeak Technologies GreenPeak Technologies is an award winning fabless semiconductor/system company and the world recognized leader in the IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things. The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention of Wi-Fi and made it into a commercial success used by several billion people today. GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and Smart Home applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers. GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA and Korea. For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.