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Platform brings ZigBee into Android phones, tablets

Posted: 10 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZigBee? RF4CE? protocol? stacks?

Texas Instruments Inc. launches an Android 2.2 software development platform that simplifies the integration of the ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE protocol stacks. It lets mobile devices connect directly to smart CE. Demontsrated use cases enable consumers to manage smart TV and STB remote control features or carry out utility management through smart phones and tablets.

The IEEE 802.15.4 radio technology is one of today's top growing wireless protocols. RF4CE use in the CE industry is expected to jump from less than 10 million units in 2010 to 250-300 million units by 2015. Similarly, use of ZigBee connectivity in home automation solutions is expected to be in the 20-30 million units range by 2015, an approximate 35 percent year-over-year increase from the 2010.

Use cases developed on TI's OMAP 4 platform-based Blaze mobile development platform utilize an Android-based touchscreen to control ZigBee-driven networking devices. TI demonstrated three such cases.

The first is the ZigBee RF4CE remote control that lets an Android-based mobile device control a PC-based media center.

The second is the ZigBee Home Automation profile application that lets an Android-based mobile device control the color and dimming of LED lamps used in a consumer lighting system.

The third use case is the ZigBee Smart Energy power meter application that lets a user track energy use and pricing status on their Android-based mobile device.

TI's IEEE 802.15.4 radio solution for mobile development is based on the company's CC2530 SoC device, and supports ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE applications. The solution operates in parallel with TI's WiLink 6.0 combo chip (WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth technology and FM radio connectivity), as well as the WiLink 7.0 combo chip (WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy technologies, GPS, and FM radio).

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