ZigBee Input Device: The Future Of CE Interface Devices

           ZigBee Input Device: The Future Of CE Interface Devices

Golden units certified, free webinar scheduled and standard publicly available

PR Newswire

SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012

SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee® Alliance, a
global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy
management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced the public
download availability of its ZigBee Input Device™ standard and the selection
of golden units supporting this global standard for human interface devices
used in consumer electronics (CE) and computer accessories. A free public
webinar revealing the innovation of the ZigBee Input Device has been scheduled
for December 6.

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As a part of the extensive Alliance test and certification plan development
process, selected golden units development kits from Freescale, GreenPeak
Technologies and Texas Instruments were approved as golden units. These
implementations will serve as golden units against which future ZigBee
Certified products using this standard will be tested. This testing process
ensures compliance with the standard so that consumers can be assured that all
ZigBee Input Device products will interoperate, regardless of who builds them.
Testing services were provided by TÜV Rheinland.

ZigBee Input Device gives CE manufacturers a standardized way to create
advanced mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands or remote control pointers that
operate from greater distances and even nearby rooms. This functionality is
essential as consumers search for more efficient ways to work with smart TVs,
streaming devices and set-top boxes. ZigBee Input Device offers two-way
communications between devices, making them smarter and capable of delivering
more features than devices using 30-year-old infrared (IR) technology. Plus,
ZigBee Input Device products are a greener choice because they will use energy
very efficiently and require significantly fewer batteries during their
lifetimes than infrared.

"ZigBee Input Device really helps CE manufacturers as they look for ways to
improve the ways consumers interact with their advanced and interactive
products," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "ZigBee Input
Device leverages the success of ZigBee Remote Control which is already in
millions of TVs, set-top boxes and gateways. Traditional infrared isn't
capable of dealing with the demands of consumers trying to quickly and easily
stream movies, make purchases, search for apps or schedule recordings. A
ZigBee Input Device with a keyboard would help consumers complete any of those
activities in a snap."

Free Webinar
The Alliance will host a free public webinar covering ZigBee Input Device as
well as ZigBee Remote Control and the ZigBee RF4CE specification on December
6, 2012. "ZigBee RF4CE: A Quiet Revolution is Underway" will be held from 8-9
a.m. PST and feature speakers from the CE industry. Space is limited and
advance registration is available at:

ZigBee Input Device – The standard for advanced human input devices
ZigBee Input Device is the global standard for greener, innovative and
easy-to-use mice, keyboards, wands, touchpads and other input devices used
with computers and CE devices. It gives these devices non-line-of-sight
operation, two-way communication, longer range of use, extended battery life,
a broader range of capabilities and features. ZigBee Input Device is a
standard designed especially for the ZigBee RF4CE specification. For more
information or to download the standard, visit: www.zigbee.org/inputdevice.

ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range
of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The
ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400
members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee
standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading
wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer,
commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.

SOURCE ZigBee Alliance

Website: http://www.zigbee.org
Contact: Kevin Schader, ZigBee Alliance, kschader@inventures.com,
+1-925-275-6672, or Traci Renner, GolinHarris for ZigBee Alliance,
trenner@golinharris.com, +1-714-918-8226
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