ZigBee Input Device: The Future Of CE Interface Devices

           ZigBee Input Device: The Future Of CE Interface Devices

  PR Newswire

  SAN RAMON, California, Nov. 15, 2012

- Golden units certified, free webinar scheduled and standard publicly

SAN RAMON, California, Nov. 15, 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 .

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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