Gridbee Releases First FSK & OFDM Sub-GHz SoC for Smart Grids, Smart Cities and IIoT

Wireless communication expert Gridbee Communications has released a new SoC for Sub-GHz wireless communication that is compliant with IEEE 802.15.4g/u/v. The GDB1000 is the first SoC capable of both FSK / OFDM modulations and embedding all processing power (MCU and flash memory) necessary for Smart Grid, Smart Cities and Industrial applications.

The device provides 2 power amplifier (PA) outputs (one internal PA delivering + 18 dBm and a second for external PA up to +30 dBm) and has a receiver sensitivity of -98 dBm @800 kb/s and -104 dBm @400 kb/s OFDM data rate. The high link budget guarantees successful communication over 2.5 km distance at 800 kb/s.

The Gridbee GDB1000 offers both MR-FSK and MR-OFDM modulations and supports data rate from 50 kb/s up to 800 kb/s for distance ranging from few hundreds of meters to a few kilometers. It features a large amount of memory (768 kB of flash, 128 kB of RAM), a full set of standard interfaces (USB, SPI, I²C, UART, etc.) and a 256 bits capable hardware AES encryption engine enabling secured, fast and reliable software upgrade over the air. Leveraging the high performance, power efficient capabilities of the GDB1000 processor, customers can run a very efficient and secure mesh network while processing data from the edge allowing for faster decision making.

Evaluation kits have been sampled to lead customer in India and Korea and starting end of Q3 2017 for general customers.