The IEEE 802.15.4 radio technology is recognized as one of today’s top growing wireless protocols. RF4CE use alone in the consumer electronics industry is expected to jump from less than 10 million units in 2010 to 250-300 million units by 2015(1). Similarly, use of ZigBee connectivity in home automation solutions is expected to be in the 20-30 million units range by 2015, an approximate 35% year-over-year increase from the 2010 figure(2).
"TI is the first to offer mobile device manufacturers the immense opportunity to connect today’s more than 294 million smartphones and tablets(3) to the anticipated 331 million devices in the home networking system(4) – an opportunity that is expected to grow dramatically year-over-year. The simplified integration of ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE connectivity offered by TI enables the logical control of everything from a digital video recorder to a complex home lighting solution, a compelling experience for consumers who want more functionality from their favorite mobile devices," said Volker Prueller, marketing manager for TI’s Low-Power RF products.
ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE mobile use cases driven by TI
Utilizing an Android-based touch screen user interface that directly controls ZigBee-driven networking devices, example use cases developed on TI’s OMAP™ 4 platform-based Blaze™ mobile development platform include:
- ZigBee RF4CE remote control
- ZigBee Home Automation (HA) profile application
- ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) power meter application
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TI’s Android software development platform for mobile ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE applications will be available first quarter of 2011.
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- Lisa Arrowsmith December 2010
- Ibid., 134.
- Bill Morelli February 2011
- Alex Green August 2010
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