For the manufacturer, RF remote controls
offers minimal impact on product cost.
To meet market expectations for RF remote control
based on ZigBee RF4CE specifications, NEC Electronics developed ultra-low-power MCUs integrated with a low-power IEEE802.
According to the ABI Research report "Digital Home Remote Controls", demand for RF remote controls
will rise to exceed 217 million devices in 2016].
The move from IR to RF remote controls
and the increasing need for interoperability between "hub" devices and sensor "nodes" are two main factors driving growth for standards based low power connectivity such as ZigBee/RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart.
After years of reliance on infrared technology to control consumer electronics devices, RF remote controls
are finally taking off, with a market set to exceed 217 million devices in 2016.
The MC13233C includes all of the functionality needed for RF remote controls
, keyboards, touchpads, mice, 3D glasses and many other applications outside of the consumer market, such as the residential, industrial and medical markets.
Bringing the complete RF4CE functionality for each application into a single device makes low cost and reliable RF remote controls
a reality," said Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies.
Contrary to traditional IR based remote controls, RF remote controls
provide two way high speed communication and do not require line of sight as the signal goes through walls and floors.