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Consumers to unlock car doors via phones by 2008, predicts TI exec

Posted: 16 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zigbee? wireless technology? CC2430? Chipcon? home networking technology?

With the new Zigbee home networking automation technology, consumers will be able to unlock car doors wirelessly, up to a distance of 100m with their cellphones by 2008, shared Zhihong Li, Asian technology director for low power consumption products at Texas Instruments Inc. (TI).

During the recent 12th International IC China Conference and Exhibition (IIC-China), TI demonstrated several home applications, including remote light control and remote unlocking, all via Zigbee technology.

TI showcased its CC2430 SoC, which is touted to be the industry's first true One-Chip Zigbee solution. With a 7-by-7mm form factor and 25mA power consumption, this device combines a robust radio, programmable microcontroller, flash memory, and both IEEE802.15.4 and Zigbee software all in one chip.

Zigbee in cellphones
Li expects cellphones with Zigbee technology to be in the market by 2008. Consumers will be able to unlock car doors at a distance of 100m. And this distance can be extended greatly when routing technology is utilized, Li said.

Early this year, TI acquired Chipcon, a Norway-based company that designs short-range, low-power wireless RF transceiver devices. The two companies are presently consolidating their technologies.

- Jimmy Zhou
EE Times-China

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? CC2430 A True System-on-Chip solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee(TM) (Rev. F) ICs, Power Management



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