New Chip for ZigBee RFCE Remote Controls

By Bob Emmerson January 03, 2012

GreenPeak Technologies has launched a new chip, the GP570, which will enable the development of low-cost, motion-enabled remote controls in order to address the growing demand for smarter and intuitive navigation of the interactive entertainment services offered by operators.

Operators and consumer electronics manufacturers adopt motion sensing for their remote controls to enhance the consumer’s user experience via intuitive browsing and navigation. GreenPeak’s chip provides a single SoC (System on a Chip) solution, which should facilitate development and thereby allow mass market adoption of the new generation remote controls.

The solution features integrated support of motion sense algorithms based on combined accelerometer and gyroscope input for advanced gesture recognition and smooth and accurate movement control.

Cees Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, said, “Motion-enabled remote controls fit perfectly with the next generation television content and services. Our silicon is the most robust and cost effective choice for operators that offer the next generation TV and Set-top Box services that drive competitive advantage and subscriber retention. Motion control will transform zapping into a fun, smooth and intuitive pointing experience.”

Rob Enderle, Principle Analyst with Enderle Group, said, “Next generation remote controls will help MSO’s and cable providers excite existing subscribers and attract new ones. Adding motion sensing to RF4CE remote control features like interactivity, whole house coverage, and outstanding battery life, will help bring the cable industry into the age defined by products like the Xbox Kinect and Wii.”

Bob Emmerson is TMC's European Editor. To stay abreast of the latest news affecting the European market, check out Bob's columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

TMC European Editor

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