TI RF4CE solutions support new ZigBee® Remote Control 2.0 standard

Golden Unit solution available to customers today leveraging TI's leading RF4CE hardware and software

DALLAS, Sept. 11, 2014 -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) announced the company's ZigBee® RF4CE hardware and software solutions support the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard, which was released today by the ZigBee Alliance. As the leading hardware and software provider to the RF4CE remote control market, TI has achieved Golden Unit status for the new standard. ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 is available to customers today on the SimpleLink™ RF4CE CC2533, CC2530 and CC2531 wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) through TI's RemoTI™ software to enable fast development of new remote controls.

TI's solution for the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard includes sample applications for both the remote control as well as the target (set-top boxes (STBs), TVs, etc.) to further speed time to market. Additionally, customers can upgrade their already deployed ZigBee Remote Control 1.x products to be 2.0 standard compatible via an over-the-air download feature.

The new ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard introduces several key features and benefits to the remote control market to improve the consumer experience including:

*Validation based pairing standardization, which will deliver simpler pairing of the remote to the consumer equipment (STB, TV, etc.)

*Pairing proxy for quick pairing to a device or a group of devices with assistance e.g. using near field communications (NFC), HDMI-CEC and UPNP

*Human interface device (HID) command bank gives manufacturers one standard to implement for simple button based remotes and HID functionality like mouse, keyboard and consumer controls

*Home automation command bank enables the remote to control ZigBee Home Automation devices through the STB

*IR code download allows remotes to download IR codes from the STB or TV rather than storing the entire IR database on the remote, which provides more memory resources for other innovative features

*Effective two-way communication standardizes a battery-friendly and standardized approach for several features including "find my remote"

*Enhanced security enables update of security key after binding

*Key re-mapping for dynamic configuration of remote control keys depending on the context, e.g. keys are re-mapped when entering a gaming application


TI's software for ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard is sampling to lead customers now. Please contact your local TI sales representative if you are interested in evaluating the software.

More information on TI's remote control solutions and the new ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 Profile:

*TI's ZigBee RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart remote control portfolio

*A free ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard webinar hosted by the ZigBee Alliance on Oct. 1, 2014 to learn more about the new standard

*A ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 white paper by the ZigBee Alliance

*General overview of ZigBee RF4CE

Find out more about TI's wireless connectivity solutions

TI's wireless connectivity solutions: www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivity

ConnecTIng Wirelessly blog: www.ti.com/wiconnewsletter-pr

Monthly wireless connectivity eNewsletter: www.ti.com/connectingwirelessly-pr

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