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LCD TV Uses Freescale’s ZigBee RF4CE Platform to Replace Infrared

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 6:46am
Freescale Semiconductor and Vestel Electronics announced that they have been working together to develop an LCD-TV with radio frequency (RF) remote control that uses Freescale’s BeeStack Consumer ZigBee-RF4CE platform.

Vestel, one of the largest TV manufacturers in Europe, worked with Freescale to design the RF target board to replace infrared (IR) in the TV and implement the RF4CE network.

Freescale provided technical expertise for the RF design and a fully operational software solution using Freescale’s BeeStack Consumer protocol stack. The design is compatible with ZigBee RF4CE, a standard which is replacing IR in many new remote controls. RF4CE offers several advantages over aging IR, notably removal of line-of-sight and field-of-vision restrictions, elimination of interference caused by large screen TVs, improved power consumption and new features only feasible with a modern bi-directional technology.

“We are delighted to have Vestel become the latest major consumer electronics manufacturer to use Freescale’s ZigBee RF4CE solution for their new remote controlled LCD-TV,” said Brett Black, manager of Freescale’s Wireless Connectivity Organization. “Working together, Freescale’s leadership in RF home entertainment control and Vestel’s consumer electronics expertise will continue to improve the consumer viewing experience.”

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