Electronic Design

RF Remote Control Challenges IR Technologies

Unlike IR technologies, GreenPeak’s RF technology for home remote-control devices provides two-way, high-speed communication and does not require a line-of-sight (LoS) for operation. Based on its Emerald GP500C communication controller, the company offers a set of reference designs for this emerging generation of RF remote controls (2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant) and RF modules for integration into TVs, DVDs, and set-top boxes.

Allegedly, these kits will enable the development of ultra-low-power RF systems with a much longer battery life. Grounded on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for multiple-device control, the reference designs come with a protocol stack of less than 4 KB. Additionally, they are based on a single-layer printed-circuit board (PCB) with integrated antennas, guaranteeing a low cost BOM.


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