Zigbee And Rf4ce Set New Course For Consumer Electronic Remote Controls

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ZigBee and RF4CE Set New Course for Consumer Electronic Remote Controls

SAN RAMON, Calif., Mar. 4 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

           Agreement results in one global open standard for RF remote

            control as a superior alternative to infrared control

    The ZigBee Alliance and the RF4CE Consortium, founded by Panasonic

Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and

Sony Corporation, have reached an agreement to deliver a standardized

specification for radio frequency-based (RF) remote controls. RF remotes are

faster, more reliable and provide more freedom to operate devices from

greater distances removing the line-of-sight barrier of today's infrared (IR)

remotes. With this agreement, effective today, the ZigBee Alliance will move

into the broad consumer products arena as part of its long-term integration

and growth plans.

    The Alliance will incorporate version 1.0 of the RF4CE specification into

its suite of global sensor and control network solutions. This ZigBee RF4CE

specification will first be made available to ZigBee members this quarter. It

creates an immediate, low-cost, easy-to-implement solution for control of

products and a variety of public application profiles. The ZigBee RF4CE

specification is designed for a wide range of products, including home

entertainment devices, garage door openers, keyless entry systems and many

more. In any application, it transforms the consumer experience, enabling

advanced features such as non line-of-sight operation and bi-directional


    The first public profile specification enables innovative two-way

interaction and control of home entertainment equipment. Products like HDTV,

home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment will benefit

from the advanced functionality offered by ZigBee.

    "ZigBee is now on the fast track to enter millions more homes around the

world because no other technology will be able to deliver what ZigBee can do

in this space," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "We want the

world to be RF and we want the world to use ZigBee. This agreement provides

us with an evolutionary path to ZigBee everywhere. The Alliance welcomes the

members of RF4CE and expects many great things to come from this powerful


    "The RF4CE Consortium and the ZigBee Alliance are both based on IEEE 802.15.4 and

aligning the two groups was a logical decision," said Bas Driesen, chairperson of the RF4CE

Consortium and technology manager at Royal Philips Electronics. "We are extremely pleased to

see the completed ZigBee RF4CE specification roll-out to consumer electronics manufacturers

because it allows them to begin developing exciting new features that will simplify and enrich

how consumers interact with home entertainment equipment."

    "Sony has already commercialized RF remote control based on IEEE 802.15.4 standard for

LCD TVs. Evolving this proven technology to an industry standard for remote control systems,

we believe that RF4CE and ZigBee Alliance will create brand new value for the electronics

industry," said Naoya Suzuki, vice-chair of the RF4CE Consortium and general manager at

Sony Corporation.

    The agreement will result in the establishment of a new Special Interest Group under the

ZigBee Alliance, and it will be a part of the open standardization at the ZigBee Alliance.  Non

RF4CE members and non ZigBee members are welcome to join the ZigBee Alliance and

participate in the newly formed Special Interest Group.

    ZigBee RF4CE: More flexibility and control

    The ZigBee RF4CE specification is based on IEEE 802.15.4. MAC/PHY radio

technology in the 2.4GHz unlicensed frequency band and enables worldwide

operation, low power consumption and instantaneous response time. It allows

omni-directional and reliable two-way wireless communication, frequency

agility for enhanced co-existence with other 2.4GHz wireless technologies,

simple security set-up and configuration. During the next quarter, the

Alliance will develop a test program consistent with existing policies for

specifications and public application profiles. Once complete, products using

a public application profile based on the ZigBee RF4CE specification can be

submitted to an authorized test house for certification.

    RF4CE Consortium

    RF4CE Consortium was founded by Panasonic Corporation, Royal Philips

Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation on June 12,

2008, to address increased demand for advanced functionality not currently

available through infrared or other proprietary wireless technologies.

    About Royal Philips Electronics

    Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a

diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people's

lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle

and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric

solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of

"sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs

approximately 121,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With

sales of EUR 26 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in cardiac

care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and

new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal

well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male

shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from

    About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,

telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with

2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000

people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of two main

business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions.

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Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics

is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and

TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

    About Sony Corporation

    Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game,

communications, key device and information technology products for the

consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer

entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the

leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded

consolidated annual sales of approximately $88 billion for the fiscal year

ended March 31, 2008. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net

    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. For more information, visit:  www.zigbee.org.

    SOURCE ZigBee Alliance

    CONTACT: Ina J. Kruse of Royal Philips Electronics, +31-2059-78434,

ina.kruse@philips.com; or Eunhee Lee of Samsung Electronics, +82-2-2255-8273,

eunhee_lee@samsung.com; or Shinji Obana of Sony, +81-3-6748-2200,

Shinji.Obana@jp.sony.com; or Kevin Schader, +1-925-275-6672,

kschader@inventures.com, for ZigBee Alliance

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