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

Mar 3, 2009

DALLAS (March 3, 2009) - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today that the company will be one of the first to 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 www.ti.com/rf4ce).

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: www.zigbee.org.