Unlike other RF technologies relevant to remote controls — such as ZigBee RF4CE and proprietary 2.4 GHz RF - Bluetooth low energy enables connected TV manufacturers to use a single Wi-Fi / Bluetooth v4.0 combo IC for all connectivity in the box instead of having to add a dedicated radio to handle the remote. This provides significant cost savings and better co-existence performance.
The nRFready µ Blue Smart Remote will be provided as a simple upgrade to Nordic's existing (proprietary) 2.4 GHz RF Smart Remote. The reference design features a multi-touch enabled TouchPad from Synaptics, a miniaturized QWERTY keyboard, a six-axis motion sensing solution from Invensense, and a ultra-low power accelerometer from ST Microelectronics. Based on the new HID profile for Bluetooth low energy, the remote will provide seamless interoperability with a range of Bluetooth v4.0-enabled (or Bluetooth Smart Ready) host platforms including TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, and computers.
The nRFready μBlue Smart Remote will be made generally available from Q1 2012.
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