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BLE remote control kit

29 May 2013 Design Automation

Texas Instruments has extended its remote control solutions offering with a new Bluetooth low energy (BLE) advanced remote control kit. As a technology, Bluetooth low energy allows for remotes with mouse-like pointing and keyboard functionality as well as gesture-, touch- and motion-based input controls, so users can take their viewing and gaming experience to the next level.

In addition to control of traditional home consumer electronics, the Bluetooth low energy remote control solution enables direct control of Bluetooth Smart Ready devices like PCs, laptops and tablets devices. It also enables Bluetooth Smart devices like a mobile phone to configure the remote control solution over-the-air, for example to upload new firmware.

Building upon an already successful remote control family based on TI’s ZigBee®RF4CE technology, manufacturers now have the ability to complement their remote designs with Bluetooth low energy technology with ease, thanks to pin-to-pin and SoC digital domain compatibility between TI’s CC253x ZigBee technology and the CC254x Bluetooth low energy SoC.

For example, valuable research and development time used to port IR database, sensor fusion algorithms, drivers and other IP can be reused between the two technologies. Additionally, the BLE-Stack 1.3.1 release contains the advanced remote sample application software in addition to general enhancements to the stack software.

For more information contact EBV Electrolink, +27 (0)21 402 1940, capetown@ebv.com, www.ebv.com



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