Texas Instruments rolled out a new version of their ZigBee RF4CE remote control solution. The latest version supports the upcoming ZigBee Input Device (ZID) profile, which enables mouse-like pointing functionality, keyboard and gesture- and touch-based input controls for consumer electronics like TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles. TI’s ZigBee RF4CE solution includes the royalty-free RemoTI 1.3 protocol stack with sample application software, an ETSI-compliant and FCC-certified nano USB module, and an associated Advanced Remote Control development kit.
Digi International announced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The iDigi Gateway Development Kit is designed to make it easy to setup a ZigBee network, upload a custom iDigi Device Integration Application (iDigi Dia) and provide seamless connectivity to the iDigi Device Cloud for Web services integration to standard business applications over the Internet. Kits are available now. Prices start at $499.
Texas Instruments (TI) rolled out the Stellaris 13.56 MHz RFID Wireless Kit ($99), Stellaris 2.4 GHz SimpliciTI Wireless Kit ($125), and Stellaris ZigBee Networking Kit ($249). The kits are based on the Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers (MCU). The Stellaris kits include software and reference design solutions for adding RFID, low-power RF and ZigBee capabilities to designs. The three wireless desing kits are available for order now. The Stellaris EM2 Expansion Board is also available for $39.
The ZigBee Alliance introduced the ZigBee Remote Control, which is the new global standard for advanced RF remote controls. ZigBee Remote Control features non-line-of-sight operation, two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life for a variety of consumer electronic (CE) devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes, and other audio equipment. ZigBee Remote Control is the first public application profile designed specifically for use with the ZigBee RF4CE specification.