GreenPeak Launches Reference Design for a New Generation of RF Remote
Radio based remote controls for TVs, DVDs and set-top boxes
18 December, 2008
– Utrecht – The Netherlands – GreenPeak,
today announced the launch of a new robust and reliable wireless radio
technology for home remote control devices based on RF (radio frequency).
GreenPeak is a fabless semiconductor company offering innovative ultra
low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies
for sense and control applications and was recently selected as 2009
Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum.
Contrary to traditional
IR based remote controls, RF remote controls provide two way high speed
communication and do not require line of sight as the signal goes through
walls and floors. It is excellent for controlling equipment inside a
cabinet or in another room. With a nice stylish flat screen on the wall,
people do not want to have DVD-players or set-top boxes within sight.
GreenPeak has developed a set of reference designs for this new
generation of RF remote controls (2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant)
and RF modules for integration into host such as TVs, DVDs and set-top
boxes. These reference designs are based on GreenPeak’s Emerald GP500C
communication controller, with dedicated features for the consumer electronics
and remote control market.
GreenPeak’s solution enables low cost
and highly reliable communication owing to a superior radio with antenna
diversity, frequency agility and delay spread handling, resulting in
robust communication and excellent range. It also enables the designer
to develop an ultra low power RF system with a much longer battery life.
RF remote controls equipped with GreenPeak’s communication controller
can be made maintenance free: a single watch type battery can outlast
the life time of the remote.
Remote controls designed with GreenPeak’s
communication controller are based on the IEEE 802.15.4 industry standard
for multiple devices control. GreenPeak’s solution also includes IR
as secondary use for legacy systems. This combo solution allows the
use of a single universal remote control for both IR and RF devices.
The reference designs will be delivered with a protocol stack
of less than 4KB. The embedded IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer allows a short
time to market and a simple, stable and reliable software application.
Additionally, the reference designs are based on a single layer low
cost PCB with integrated antennas guaranteeing a very low cost BOM.
GreenPeak’s reference designs provide high speed low latency two-way
communication with high throughputs, allowing high speed content browsing,
touchpad operation, gaming, as well as high resolution displays on the
According to Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak, “GreenPeak’s
new RF communication controller opens a market for low cost, reliable
high speed RF remote controls and is expected to have a huge impact
on the user experience, as IEEE 802.15.4 remote controls will allow
a completely new way to use a remote control.”
designs for remote controls will be launched at the CES show in Las
Vegas. GreenPeak invites journalists and interested parties to make
an appointment for a live demonstration during a personal meeting.
GreenPeak is a fabless semiconductor company,
and is a leader in battery-free communication technology for wireless
sense and control applications.
This revolutionary technology,
based on the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee wireless networking standard, utilizes
energy harvesting to facilitate battery-free operation in a totally
wireless environment, without the need for either communications or
GreenPeak is selected by the World Economic
Forum as 2009 Technology Pioneer for its accomplishments as innovator
of the highest caliber, involved in the development of life-changing
technology innovation and with the potential for long-term impact on
business and society.
GreenPeak is based in Utrecht - The Netherlands
and has offices in Belgium, Japan and USA.
GreenPeak is backed
by venture capitalists: DJF Esprit (UK), Gimv (Belgium), Motorola Ventures
(USA) and Allegro Investment Fund (Belgium).
Press Contact Europe and Rest of World
Elly Schietse, GreenPeak
Director Marketing & Communications
Tel +32 52 45 87 30 – Cell +32 479
76 18 25
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