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Remote control aimed at IoT, smart homes

16 Sep 2014

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GreenPeak Technologies has announced the GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls that supports voice control, motion sensing and the ZRC 2.0 protocol. Next generation remotes use RF instead of infrared (IR) and will be able to control all the home's Smart Home features, all from a single remote, stated the company.

The ZigBee ZRC 2.0 protocol enables a single remote control to control all the home's connected devices including turning on lights, opening curtains, managing appliances and environment, etc. Other ZRC 2.0 features include the Find My Remote feature, which enables a remote control to start beeping and/or flashing when it is lost and making it much easier to find. It can be activated by a physical Find My Remote button on the home's entertainment system or Smart Home devices.

GP565 Smart Home radio chip

The IR-RF Download feature provides complete control of legacy audio and video equipment, either through RF4CE or infrared, with a hybrid remote control, without requiring the user to select the correct IR settings for the TV. ZRC 2.0 is fully backward compatible with existing ZRC 1.x implementations.

The voice control features enables users to control the remote without having to navigate a confusing nest of buttons. This includes changing channels, searching for programs, activating DVR and other functions, as well as controlling other ZRC 2.0 connected devices in the home. GreenPeak uses a reliable compression codec to enhance throughput within the available ZigBee data rate and advanced voice recognition, which greatly improves the user experience.

Motion sensing can enable these same kinds of management features by how the end user gestures with the remote. For example, tilt the remote down to lower volume and tilt it up to increase volume or twist sideways to change channels. It is intuitive and convenient and simplifies navigation.

The GreenPeak GP565 is optimised for advanced yet low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. It is available in two versions with 120k or 248k Flash (and 8k or 16k RAM) memory. The 40-pin footprint can support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote control implementations. Also the GP565 silicon provides reduced current consumption in combination with improved receiver sensitivity and output power. GreenPeak patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection.

GreenPeak provides reference designs for motion sensors, smart plugs, remote controls, door and window sensors, and other Smart Home sensor devices. They will help guide device manufacturers to quickly design and build low cost, low power sensor nodes, optimised for battery and battery-free operations. Samples of the silicon are available and volume shipments are expected in 1Q15.




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