First ZigBee RF4CE certified solution to include both ultra low power and affordable bill of
The Netherlands, 19 November 2009 - GreenPeak Technologies, a leading fabless semiconductor company
offering innovative ultra low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies for consumer
electronics and sense and control applications, today announced the successful completion of ZigBee RF4CE
ZigBee RF4CE (Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics) is the standard communication
protocol for radio frequency-based remote controls for audio/video consumer electronics. The ZigBee RF4CE
specification is based on IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY radio technology in the wireless 2.4GHz unlicensed frequency band
and enables worldwide operation, low power consumption and instantaneous response time. It allows omni-directional
and reliable two-way communication, frequency agility for enhanced co-existence with other 2.4GHz wireless
communication systems (like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and provides specifications for robust data transmission,
discovery, easy and intuitive pairing and security.
In comparison to traditional IR (infrared) remote controls, RF remotes are faster, more reliable and provide a
greater range. RF also removes the line-of-sight barrier of today’s IR remotes. The additional benefits of ZigBee
RF4CE include richer communication, increased reliability and interoperability between vendors.
GreenPeak is one of the first ZigBee members to obtain RF4CE certification. Frans Frielink, VP Business
Development for GreenPeak says: “We have successfully implemented the ZigBee RF4CE specification, but we take the
standard even further by adding ultra low power and low cost to our solution. This green solution enables remote
controls to run on a single coin cell battery without ever having to change or recharge it, so they essentially
become maintenance free. In combination with a single layer low cost PCB, the total bill of material will be less
than two dollars per remote!”
GreenPeak is a member of the ZigBee Alliance and is committed to the RF
remote control market with dedicated reference design software stacks and a dedicated ZigBee RF4CE specialist team
supporting customers. The GreenPeak reference designs will be delivered with a very small ZigBee RF4CE protocol
stack which fits very well within small and low cost processors. 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 and a very low component count, guaranteeing a
very low cost BOM.
ZigBee: Control your world ZigBee is the global wireless language
connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a
non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The
Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard
for use in consumer electronics, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas.
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 power
GreenPeak was 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, Korea and USA. GreenPeak is backed by venture
capitalists: DJF Esprit (UK), Gimv (Belgium), Motorola Ventures (USA) and Allegro Investment Fund (Belgium).