Innovative voice-over-RF4CE remote control technology for tomorrow's TVs

07-01-2015 | Texas Instruments | Design & Manufacture

Consumers can now control their TVs with just their voice due to Comcast and
Texas Instruments (TI). TI has announced its voice-over-RF4CE ZigBee remote
control technology and has been selected to power Comcast's newest XFINITY TV
remote control. With the use of TI's integrated hardware and software
voice-enabled remote technology, the XFINITY remote control allows consumers
to use voice commands to search for networks and shows, set DVR recordings,
get recommendations and more.

"The voice remote lets XFINITY customers find what they want faster by
searching for favourite movies, shows, actors or genres with natural
language," said Jonathan Palmatier, vice president of product development,
Comcast NBC Universal. "TI's innovative voice over-RF4CE technology enables
this experience with a cost-effective and integrated hardware and software

The TI ZigBee RF4CE wireless microcontroller (MCU) provides non
line-of-sight bi-directional communication and best-in-class link budget for
increased reliability. Its low active and sleep current enables products to
have a longer battery life. Additionally, the royalty-free RemoTI RF4CE
stack and development platform provides sample applications for rapid
development and deployment of remote control products.

Stig Torud, product manager, wireless connectivity solutions, TI, added:
"The days of pushing buttons to search for shows, access content and
controlling the DVR is over as voice control becomes mainstream in the
remote control industry," said. "TI is pleased to provide the best-in-class
RF4CE solution powering the technology behind the voice remote from

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