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Reference design eases dev't of Bluetooth Smart remotes

Posted: 12 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nordic Semiconductor  Bluetooth Smart  remote  reference design  sensor 

Nordic Semiconductor has introduced its latest 'nRFready Smart Remote 3' reference design that promises to streamline the development of advanced Bluetooth Smart remotes. The company stated that this would reduce time-to-market and unnecessary design risk.

Targeting remote control OEMs/ODMs and smart TV, set-top box and digital media device manufacturers, the nRFready Smart Remote 3 reference design is geared to deliver a rich, intuitive and engaging end-user experience. It employs modern voice input and speech recognition control, a 6-axis motion sensing 'Air-mouse,' multi-touch trackpad technology, plus 39 developer-programmable buttons and legacy IR hardware support (to control IR-only products).

nRFready Smart Remote 3

nRFready Smart Remote 3 reference design

"One area we have worked hard to really further optimise is the voice input control," said Nordic Semiconductor product marketing manager, John Leonard. "This includes developing an even more robust wireless link for wireless audio data, and 20 per cent better current consumption compared to Nordic's previous nRFready Smart Remote 2 solution."

Leonard claims that developing advanced Bluetooth Smart remotes using the nRFready Smart Remote 3 reference design has been made 'check-box-clicking' easy thanks to a newly-developed configuration Wizard that works in the Keil development environment.

In operation, the nRFready Smart Remote 3 reference design employs Nordic's nRF51822 SoC and so is designed to work as an add-on for Nordic's existing nRF51 development kit (DK). An nRF51 DK is required to use this reference design but is not included and must be purchased separately. The add-on contains all the external sensor devices that can interface with the nRF51 DK.

Additionally, there is a complete product example remote control included in the kit that can be used directly for evaluation, testing and demonstration. All necessary firmware and host software (including support for Linux) is provided to implement a full design at both ends of the application.





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