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Freescale opens RF entertainment control net tech

Posted: 14 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:entertainment control network spec  RF consumer electronics  Synkro protocol 

To help accelerate the transition from IR- to RF-based technology in consumer electronics, Freescale Semiconductor has announced an initiative to offer its RF entertainment control network technology as an open industry specification to leading consumer electronics manufacturers.

Freescale is currently defining the entertainment control network specification, known as Synkro, in collaboration with an elite group of consumer electronic manufacturers. Freescale plans to make the Synkro protocol broadly available to the industry through an open and global standards forum designed to enable wide adoption of the technology. The standards forum and entertainment control network specification are being defined and finalised simultaneously.

"Opening the Synkro protocol to the world's foremost consumer electronics makers underscores Freescale's commitment to deliver industry-standard platforms to the market," said Henri Richard, senior VP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale. "We are committed to driving the Synkro entertainment control network platform forward as a global standard to improve overall usability of home entertainment products for hundreds of millions of consumers around the world."

Open protocol
Synkro is the networking protocol software stack written on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 global standard to be used in the design of home entertainment products such as DTVs, DVD players, A/V receivers, STBs, docking stations and remote controls. The Synkro protocol provides a HW/SW migration path for future product line extensions designed to revolutionise the way consumers control their home entertainment devices.

The entertainment control networking layer was developed with the consumer in mind. This technology addresses a growing concern among today's electronics manufacturers: the technology limitations and interruptions caused by IR-based solutions that are not compatible with their consumer product roadmaps. This platform enables advanced control capabilities such as two-way communication between entertainment devices. It eliminates the need for line-of-sight control devices and provides the foundation for a universal remote control for any consumer electronic component.

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