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RF4CE: The Remote Control Standard for Consumer Electronics

The RF4CE (Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics) Consortium was formed to develop a new protocol that will further the adoption of radio frequency remote controls for audio visual devices. June, 2008 the consortium founding members - Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Corporation, with the addition of Texas Instruments and Freescale Semiconductor later that month - created a standardized specification for radio frequency-based remote controls that deliver richer communication, enabling a new generation of user-interfaces for consumer electronics.

On March 3, 2009 the RF4CE Consortium agreed to work with the ZigBee Alliance to jointly deliver a standardized specification for radio frequency-based remote controls.

This agreement strengthens ZigBee's position in the overall home automation and home area networks markets by allowing more devices to be controlled by a single open standard technology.

Typically RF remote controls are faster, more reliable and provide more freedom to operate devices from greater distances. Because the RF remote control does not require the line-of-sight barrier found in infrared (IR) remotes, and enables a richer experience for consumers with features such as two-way communication between the device and the remote.

Texas Instruments provides a hardware platform with its CC2430 SoC (system-on-chip), which integrates a radio, MCU, and flash memory, the company said in a report. Freescale provides its SynkroRF entertainment control network technology, the basis of RF4CE protocol as an open specification to consumer electronics manufacturers.

SMK is a member of the Zigbee Alliance and has developed OEM remote controls with Zigbee and RF4CE Capabilities in conjunction with Freescale Semiconductor.


For additional information about Zigbee and the RF4CE Consortium please visit: http://www.zigbee.org

For additional information on Texas Instrument’s System-on-chip technology please visit: http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/landing/cc2431/index.htm

For additional information on Freescale’s SynkroRF technology please visit: