Smart Remote Control Enables Two-Way Communication

Smart Remote Control Enables Two-Way Communication 
NXP ZigBee RF4CE Demo Shows How Consumers Can Control and Monitor
Multiple Home Appliances Through a Touchscreen Display 
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/13 --   What if
you only needed a single compact remote control for all the
appliances in your home -- a "smart" remote control which displays
current settings, and tells you if an appliance is consuming too much
power or needs maintenance? NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) has
introduced a smart remote control demonstrator, featuring the JN5161
wireless microcontroller using ZigBee(R) RF4CE, as well as a
capacitive touchscreen that can be used to control and display
information about multiple home appliances. For applications ranging
from home entertainment to residential air conditioning systems, the
demonstrator shows how bi-directional communication can transform the
remote control into a truly "smart" device that can also help
consumers monitor and manage their total energy consumption in real
time. A video explaining the demo can be viewed here:  
"Touchscreens and low-power wireless communications are redefining
how we interact with nearly everything. Our smart remote control
demonstrates how appliance manufacturers can take advantage of the
two-way communication enabled by RF4CE, by displaying real-time
information about environmental conditions in the home, about power
consumption levels, or about the appliance itself. We also offer a
straightforward migration path to more sophisticated remote controls
or smartphone- and tablet-based systems using ZigBee PRO and
JenNet-IP," said Jan Willem Vogel, senior director, Appliances,
Energy and Automation segment, NXP Semiconductors. "For heating,
ventilation and air conditioning systems in particular, better
information can help consumers and facilities managers to optimize
usage, for tremendous energy savings." 
NXP's smart remote control demonstrator shows: 

--  Bi-directional communication and operation outside the line of sight
    using ZigBee RF4CE. Many device manufacturers are turning to RF4CE as
    an alternative to traditional infrared (IR) technologies, which
    require consumers to point the remote control at an exact target from
    relatively short distances. ZigBee RF4CE enables remote controls to
    operate reliably from long distances -- even around corners or through
    walls -- without relying on line of sight. With its graphical LCD
    display, the NXP smart remote control demo also shows the wide range
    of information that can be communicated from the appliance back to the
    remote control. For a home entertainment system, this might include
    information about different channels, specific content, volume and
    other settings. For residential or commercial air conditioning
    systems, this could include temperature and humidity levels, power
    consumption history, and any problems with components that require
--  Straightforward long-distance operation. The NXP smart remote control
    enables long-distance operation in indoor environments -- from 20
    meters away, even through walls -- while consuming only one-tenth the
    power of Wi-Fi, without unnecessary complexity or the need for a
    separate router. The reference design can be easily implemented using
    RF4CE or any of the other IEEE 802.15.4 software stacks available with
    the JN516x wireless microcontroller platform, including
    JenNet-IP(TM) and ZigBee PRO, which also enable long-distance
    operation beyond the line of sight.
--  Ultra-low power consumption for longer battery lifetimes. The smart
    remote control is designed for highly efficient battery operation. The
    JN516x wireless microcontrollers offer a 32-bit RISC processor with
    ultra-low active power consumption of 17 mA RX and 15 mA TX. In
    addition, the PCF8885 capacitive touch sensor, with its ultra-low
    active power consumption below 6 uA, can also contribute significantly
    to longer battery life.
--  Connectivity between appliances to enable control of multiple units.
    With 64 kB of flash and 8 kB of RAM, the JN5161 wireless
    microcontroller is ideal for basic remote controls using RF4CE. For
    more complex systems -- a single remote used to control, configure and
    monitor multiple air conditioning units, for example -- NXP also
    offers additional memory options to support more sophisticated network
    stacks that enable communication between units. With 160 kB of flash
    and 32 kB of RAM, the JN5164 is recommended for use with JenNet-IP,
    ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link.
--  Controlling appliances from a smartphone or tablet, via a gateway. For
    consumers who want the option to control their home appliances via
    their smartphones, appliance makers can easily implement the smart
    remote control using the JN5168 wireless microcontroller, which offers
    256 kB of flash and 32 kB of RAM. This allows smart appliances and
    devices to join the "Internet of Things" to communicate with the
    consumer's smartphone or tablet, via a central home gateway which
    serves as a bridge between 802.15.4 and the Internet. Gateways,
    bridges and routers are available from many NXP partners, and a new
    gateway reference design will become available from NXP in May 2013.
--  Design that can be reused across multiple devices. The flexible design
    of the NXP smart remote control means that it can be programmed
    flexibly to accommodate individual appliances, or various
    configurations of multiple appliances. For designers, the JN516x
    wireless microcontroller platform provides hardware compatibility
    across family members, with the same package footprint and the same
    toolsets for programming and debugging.


--  VIDEO: Smart remote control with two-way communication:
--  APPLICATION: Smart remote control for air conditioning systems:
--  PRODUCT: NXP JN516x wireless microcontrollers:
--  PRODUCT: NXP PCF8885 series capacitive touch and proximity sensor:

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infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing
applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more
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