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Remote control: Easy RF design delivers more features than IR at low cost

Posted: 02 Oct 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF remote control  IR  proprietary radio 

IR's simplicity, low-cost and low-power consumption has ensured its widespread adoption but the technology is not without its weaknesses. This article provides some basics on IR technology and an overview of an RF technology that has all of IR's advantages and none of its deficits. This RF remote control alternative is an ultra-low power proprietary radio supporting a lightweight protocol customised for the application. This enables the designer to develop a robust RF system with battery life equivalent or better that that of an IR-based design.

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