Freescale Achieves New ZigBee PRO and ZigBee Input Device Certification

  Freescale Achieves New ZigBee PRO and ZigBee Input Device Certification

Golden Unit specification helps to ensure quality and full interoperability of
future ZigBee Input Device products

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AUSTIN, Texas -- January 15, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) has achieved Golden Unit certification by
the ZigBee Alliance for the new ZigBee 2012 specification and ZigBee Input
Device standard. Freescale is one of the first ZigBee Alliance members to
achieve the Golden Unit status supporting the latest ZigBee specification’s
update to the ZigBee PRO Feature Set and the ZigBee Input Device standard for
ZigBee RF4CE. Both implementations passed independent testing conducted by
third parties.

One of ZigBee's key strengths is offering the market multiple interoperable
platforms, providing product manufacturers with a solid supply chain and the
greatest choice in technology needed to deliver a wide range of
energy-efficient home and commercial building automation and industrial

Freescale is one of the first semiconductor vendors to make both of these
technologies available, demonstrating leadership in ZigBee and further
enabling customers. ZigBee solutions from Freescale provide manufacturers of
smart energy, home automation, health care and home entertainment products
with easy-to-use, low-cost technology they need for applications such as smart
meters, lighting, portable medical, set-top boxes, remote controls and other
electronic devices.

“By achieving Golden Unit certification for both the ZigBee PRO 2012 and
ZigBee Input Device, Freescale continues to demonstrate its leadership in
ZigBee by delivering the latest protocols available from the ZigBee Alliance,”
said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s
Microcontroller business. “By providing these standardized, interoperable
solutions to our customers, they can in turn develop the high-quality,
easy-to-use solutions required by the most discerning audience of all –

The core ZigBee specification defines ZigBee's smart, cost-effective and
energy-efficient mesh network. It is an innovative, self-configuring,
self-healing system of redundant, low-cost, low-power nodes that enable
ZigBee's unique flexibility, mobility and ease of use. ZigBee PRO, the most
widely used specification, is optimized for low power consumption and to
support large networks with thousands of devices. The ZigBee 2012 release
increases network efficiencies and improves interoperability for network
devices and ZigBee PRO application standards.

ZigBee Input Device is a global standard for greener, more innovative and
easy-to-use mice, keyboards, touchpads, wands and other input devices used
with computers and consumer electronic devices. This standard allows consumers
to more easily navigate content and search/setup programs to record. In
addition, it allows them to use their devices from greater distances or even
from another room because operation is not limited to line of sight. ZigBee
Input Device is a standard designed specifically for the ZigBee RF4CE

"We continue to see a significant increase in designers who are using ZigBee
in their product development efforts," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee
Alliance. "The ZigBee Alliance congratulates Freescale for their Golden Unit
status and continued effort in supporting these specifications and standards.”

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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
organizations 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:

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors
and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity –
our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world
greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and
end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next
generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in
Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and
sales operations around the world.

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