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TI to provide hardware and software solutions for standardized ZigBee® RF4CE specification for RF Remote Controls

(PresseBox) (Dallas, ) Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today that the company will continue to develop and deliver hardware and software solutions for the new standardized ZigBee RF4CE specification for radio frequency (RF)-based remote controls. TI's portfolio of ZigBee RF4CE system-on-chip products integrates an IEEE 802.15.4-compliant radio, MCU and flash memory, and an extensive set of peripherals. TI is a key contributor to the development of the ZigBee RF4CE version 1.0 specification, which will be available to ZigBee Alliance members this quarter. (For more information, see

ZigBee RF4CE is designed for a wide range of remotely-controlled audio/visual consumer electronics products, such as televisions and set-top boxes. RF-based remotes are faster and more reliable, and give consumers more freedom to operate devices from greater distances, removing the line-of-sight barrier of today's infrared (IR) remotes. ZigBee RF4CE is the result of a recent agreement between the ZigBee Alliance and the RF4CE Consortium.

"The ZigBee RF4CE specification will help accelerate the pervasion of a vastly superior alternative to infrared in home applications," said Laurent Giai-Miniet, general manager of TI's low-power RF products. "We look forward to supporting consumer electronics customers with our industry-leading portfolio of low-power RF solutions to deliver improved remote controls."

At the release of the ZigBee RF4CE protocol, TI will offer a hardware and software solution for immediate implementation. TI will continue to develop its IEEE 802.15.4 system-on-chip portfolio of solutions targeting this emerging RF-based remote control market (available 2Q 2009).

ZigBee RF4CE: More flexibility and control

The ZigBee RF4CE specification is based on IEEE 802.15.4. MAC/PHY radio technology in the 2.4 GHz unlicensed frequency band and enables worldwide operation, low power consumption and instantaneous response time. It allows omni-directional and reliable two-way wireless communication, frequency agility for enhanced co-existence with other 2.4 GHz wireless technologies, simple security set-up and configuration. During the next quarter, the Alliance will develop a test program consistent with existing policies for specifications and public application profiles. Once complete, products using a public application profile based on the ZigBee RF4CE specification can be submitted to an authorized test house for certification.

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronics, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit:

ZigBee is a registered trademark of the ZigBee Alliance. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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