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LG Electronics, Toshiba get into ZigBee steering group

Posted: 20 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZigBee? wireless? interface?

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions supporting energy management in residential, commercial and CE applications, reports that LG Electronics and Toshiba Corp. have joined the ZigBee RF4CE steering committee. Focused on driving ZigBee RF4CE standardized solutions throughout the CE industry, the committee includes Philips, Freescale Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Samsung and Sony.

"We view ZigBee RF4CE as an industry-changing solution that dramatically improves upon the old IR remote control user experience that is very limited in coverage, direction and data reliability," said Ho Jun Nam, principle research engineer at LG Electronics. "As new functionalities are being added to TV sets every day, we believe that ZigBee RF4CE will enable us to design low-power interface devices that offer bi-directional communications, with agile response times and flexible human interface design to accommodate these new functionalities."

ZigBee RF4CE is a standardized specification for RF communications that enables faster, more reliable and greater flexibility for devices to operate from larger distances. It removes the line-of-sight and field-of-vision barriers in today's IR remotes. Offering two-way communication, the ZigBee RF4CE specification is designed for a wide range of CE products, including home entertainment devices.

"Consumers are constantly looking for new product features in their electronic devices that will take their user experience to the next level,"said Shigenori Tokumitsu, technology executive, visual products company at Toshiba Corp. "Today, Toshiba uses ZigBee RF4CE-based remotes for selected TVs in certain markets. We believe ZigBee RF4CE is a critical building block upon which we can develop new, reliable and interactive solutions."

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