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TI brings ZigBee into Android phones, tablets

Posted: 09 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software  development platform  ZigBee  RF4CE  protocol 

Texas Instruments Inc. launches an Android 2.2 software development platform that simplifies the integration of the ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE protocol stacks. It lets mobile devices connect directly to smart CE. Demonstrated use cases enable consumers to manage smart TV and STB remote control features or carry out utility management through smart phones and tablets.

The IEEE 802.15.4 radio technology is one of today's top growing wireless protocols. RF4CE use in the CE industry is expected to jump from less than 1 crore units in 2010 to 25-30 crore units by 2015. Similarly, use of ZigBee connectivity in home automation solutions is expected to be in the 2-3 crore units range by 2015, an approximate 35 per cent y-o-y increase from 2010.

Use cases developed on TI's OMAP 4 platform-based Blaze mobile development platform utilise an Android-based touchscreen to control ZigBee-driven networking devices. TI demonstrated three such cases.

The first is the ZigBee RF4CE remote control that lets an Android-based mobile device control a PC-based media centre.

The second is the ZigBee Home Automation profile application that lets an Android-based mobile device control the colour and dimming of LED lamps used in a consumer lighting system.

The third use case is the ZigBee Smart Energy power meter application that lets a user track energy use and pricing status on their Android-based mobile device.

TI's IEEE 802.15.4 radio solution for mobile development is based on the company's CC2530 SoC device, and supports ZigBee and ZigBee RF4CE applications. The solution operates in parallel with TI's WiLink 6.0 combo chip (WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth technology and FM radio connectivity), as well as the WiLink 7.0 combo chip (WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy technologies, GPS, and FM radio).

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