TI extends remote control portfolio with new Bluetooth® low energy solution with broad industry support

 TI extends remote control portfolio with new Bluetooth® low energy solution
                         with broad industry support

Solution leverages TI's expertise in ZigBee RF4CE for the emerging Bluetooth
low energy remote control market using TI's CC2541 SoC and BLE-Stack™ software

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 30, 2013

DALLAS, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
(NASDAQ: TXN), leading the industry with the most complete wireless
connectivity portfolio for embedded applications, today announced the
extension of its remote control solutions offering with a new Bluetooth® low
energy advanced remote control kit. As a technology, Bluetooth low energy
allows for remotes with mouse-like pointing and keyboard functionality as well
as gesture-, touch- and motion-based input controls so users can take their
viewing and gaming experience to the next level. In addition to control of
traditional home consumer electronics, the Bluetooth low energy remote control
solution enables direct control of Bluetooth Smart Ready devices like PCs,
laptops and tablets devices. It also enables Bluetooth Smart devices like a
mobile phone to configure the advanced remote control solution over-the-air,
for example, to upload new firmware. TI's Bluetooth low energy advanced remote
control solution has received broad industry support from manufacturers and
software providers (see quotes below).

The Bluetooth low energy solution builds upon an already successful remote
control family based on TI's ZigBee® RF4CE technology. Now, manufacturers have
the ability to complement their ZigBee RF4CE remote designs with Bluetooth low
energy technology with ease, due to pin-to-pin and SoC digital domain
compatibility between TI's CC253x ZigBee technology and the CC254x Bluetooth
low energy SoC. For example, valuable research and development time used to
port IR database, sensor fusion algorithms, drivers and other IP can be reused
between the two technologies. Additionally, the BLE-Stack™ 1.3.1 release
contains the advanced remote sample application software in addition to
general enhancements to the stack software. For more information, visit
www.ti.com/ble-remote-pr-lp.

"Expanding our remote control portfolio to incorporate Bluetooth low energy
complements the investment manufacturers have already made with our RF4CE
platform, and creates adjacent market opportunities that encourage the growth
of new applications and services for consumers," said Stig Torud, product
manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "We are excited to work with the
market leaders in remote control technology to bring Bluetooth low
energy-based remotes to market."

Texas Instruments is committed to bringing new technologies into the remote
control market, making it easy for manufacturers to integrate Bluetooth low
energy technology into their current products. 

Key features and benefits:

• Gerbers and bill of materials
available
                                        • Fast time-to-market
• Royalty-free, TI BLE-Stack software

• FCC and ETSI certified
• Low power consumption               • Longer battery life
• Best-in-class link budget at        • Longer range and excellent
adjacent/alternate channel rejection    co-existence
• Based on the CC2541                 • Better reliability with
                                        market-proven solution
• Six-axis sensor – accelerometer and • Supports multiple styles including
gyroscope                               pointing-, gesture- and keyboard-like
                                        remotes
• Sensor fusion software from Movea
and Hillcrest Labs                      • Connect directly to a Bluetooth
                                        Smart Ready devices
• Certified HID over GATT profile

Availability

To demonstrate the technology and jumpstart customers' development, TI's
CC2541 remote control development kit is released now and can be ordered on
the TI eStore.

Supporting quotes from customers and third parties

Sylvain Stephan, CTO, 4MOD:

"We are pleased to integrate TI's Bluetooth low energy solutions in our remote
control devices. By providing a relevant reference design as well as software
libraries, we have been able to reduce the time to market of our new line of
products dedicated to IPTV and OTT applications. We foresee new growth avenues
for the next years and count on our relationship to make it happened."

Chuck Gritton, CTO Hillcrest Labs:

"The demand for motion-enabled remote controls is soaring. That's why we're
excited to expand our close relationship with TI to deliver advanced remote
controls featuring Freespace® motion and Bluetooth low energy. We were able to
leverage the results from our previous collaboration with the innovative team
at TI on ZigBee RF4CE remote controls to make this a high performing and
desirable solution for our customers."

Sam Guilaume, CEO, Movea:

"Through our collaboration on the RF4CE design, Movea and TI were able to
develop a robust motion-enabled reference platform designed to accelerate the
adoption of a motion-enabled home entertainment experience. We're pleased to
strengthen and extend our relationship with TI to leverage this great work and
bring advanced motion processing to the Bluetooth low energy remote design."

Rick Siu, director, innovation & marketing, Philips Home Control Business:

"We have been working with TI for almost a decade and have successfully
launched many remote control projects with their proprietary and Zigbee RF4CE
connectivity solutions. With this long standing relationship and the potential
of this upcoming Bluetooth low energy solution, it is natural that we extend
our co-operation further, adding it to our portfolio of remote control
solutions."

Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido:

"ruwido's success in the exploration of user behavior is based upon over 40
years' experience in the consumer electronics industry. We focus on providing
intuitive and interactive technologies that enable excellent user experience
in the home, and TI´s Bluetooth low energy solution for remote controls
perfectly meets our high standards in terms of quality and innovation. ruwido
is transforming the way users interact with their television and chosen
content and we are committed to creating intuitive interaction devices that
are a joy to use and a joy to own. We look forward to a successful
relationship with TI to continue to achieve this commitment."

Arsham Hatambeiki, executive director, Universal Electronics Inc.:

"As the introduction and adoption of smart TVs, tablets and smartphones
continues to increase, these and other devices such as game consoles are
evolving rapidly to play an important role in content discovery & consumption.
Bluetooth Smart provides an efficient interface for streamlining the
experience across content delivery platforms, personal smart devices & the
remote control as the primary physical interface. TI's broad connectivity
portfolio has enabled a quick & efficient expansion of UEI's embedded control
technologies, UEI QuickSet & UAPI, from ZigBee RF4CE to Bluetooth Smart
ecosystems while opening the door for new & unique services."

Find out more about TI's wireless connectivity and advanced remote control
solutions

  oTI's advanced remote control solutions: www.ti.com/ble-remote-pr-lp
  oTI's Bluetooth low energy solutions: www.ti.com/bluetoothlowenergy
  oTI's ZigBee solutions: www.ti.com/zigbee-pr
  oTI's wireless connectivity solutions: www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivity
  oTI E2E™ wireless connectivity support community: www.ti.com/wicon-forum
  oTI's wireless connectivity eNewsletter: www.ti.com/wiconnewsletter-pr
  oTI's ConnecTIng Wirelessly blog:  www.ti.com/connectingwirelessly-pr

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