Freescale Semiconductor introduced radio frequency (RF) technology designed to revolutionize the way consumers remotely control their home entertainment devices. Freescale’s RF entertainment control platform addresses a growing concern among today’s electronics manufacturers: the technology limitations and interruptions caused by current infrared (IR) solutions that are not compatible with their consumer product roadmaps.
The consumer electronics industry has used IR technology for more than 30 years. As plasma and LCD screens grow in size and popularity, IR technology is facing limitations in its ability to effectively control these larger devices. In addition, all communication from an IR-based remote control unit must be in line-of-sight of the device and within a short distance.
Based on the industry-trusted IEEE(R) 802.15.4 global standard, Freescale’s entertainment control platform and network layer were developed with the consumer in mind. The comprehensive platform enables advanced control capabilities, such as two-way communication between entertainment devices. It eliminates the need for line-of-sight control and provides the foundation for a universal remote control for any consumer electronic component.
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