GreenPeak's reference design for plug-and-play USB Stick enables fast, low-cost RF4CE implementation - Embedded.com

GreenPeak’s reference design for plug-and-play USB Stick enables fast, low-cost RF4CE implementation

GreenPeak Technologies' RF4CE (ZigBee RF4CE industry standard) USB stick reference design enables a quick RF4CE USB stick implementation with minimal efforts. The stick design allows for an easy upgrade of PCs, set-top boxes, TVs and other home entertainment applications to accept RF4CE commands from an RF4CE remote control or RF4CE wireless keyboard. The RF4CE USB stick is very compact, allowing small USB stick designs.

The reference design includes both hardware and software tools required for a quick time to market. This includes the software stacks for ZRD (ZigBee Remote Control profile) and ZID (ZigBee Input Device which is an HID-compatible profile). Certification guidelines and tools are provided to ensure an efficient RF4CE and USB certification process.

GreenPeak’s patented radio architecture makes the USB stick very robust against Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interference.

“There are two big challenges with controlling home entertainment consumer devices. One is that things don't interoperate well and the other is that you generally have to be in the same room as most of the devices you are trying to control,” said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “The brilliance of ZigBee RF4CE is that it aggressively addresses both problems because it can be added to any existing USB capable device and the remote uses the ZigBee network to provide location independent control.”

According to the company, The RF4CE USB stick offers the optimal combination of cost-efficiency, ease of integration and performance. OEMs can use the USB stick for an RF4CE product launch or for test marketing purposes. The reference design will help prototyping and will allow a quick time to market. As RF4CE is continually gaining market momentum, the USB stick approach will allow further adaption for various applications and consumer electronics products that have previously been restricted by volumes.

For more information visit www.greenpeak.com.

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