Texas Instruments Announces New Voice Remote Control Low Power Development Platforms

July 4 2016, 03:10
Texas Instruments Announces New Voice Remote Control Low Power Development Platforms
Texas Instruments Announces New Voice Remote Control Low Power Development Platforms
Texas Instruments announced new advanced voice remote control solutions as part of its SimpleLink ultra-low power platform. These solutions were created to help developers easily add ultra-low power Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee RF4CE or multi-standard connectivity to their designs for voice remote controls, TVs, set-top boxes, home entertainment centers and automation, wearables and smart speaker applications.

According to Texas Instruments (TI), developers can do more with less power by taking advantage of the ultra-low power nature of TI’s new SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 wireless microcontroller (MCU) as well the existing Bluetooth low energy CC2640 wireless MCU or the multi-standard CC2650 solution to create feature-rich remote controls with different technologies. “The new solutions allow reusing R&D investment for multiple standards and products and, additionally, developers can differentiate products without sacrificing battery life with advanced features such as voice-activated commands and search, gesturing, pointing and more,” they state.

TI also announced an all-in-one SimpleLink multi-standard CC2650 remote control development kit (CC2650RC) which connects to the SimpleLink SensorTag ecosystem to expand functionality using DevPack plug-in modules. Using the MSP430FR2633 MCU with CapTIvate technology, developers can also add features like gesture pad, capacitive buttons, sliders and grip detection to their remote designs while operating at less than 4 uA average current.

The SimpleLink ultra-low power platform of wireless MCUs has integration at its core with an ultra-low power, multi-standard radio, ARM Cortex-M3 core, direct microphone interface, up to 31 GPIOs, sensor controller and more in a single package from 4x4 to 7x7 mm. With advanced integration and size options, developers can implement RF4CE, Bluetooth low energy or multi-standard connectivity solutions with voice capabilities into a wide range of applications such as wearables, building automation and automotive, as well as in the traditional remote control use cases for TVs, set-top boxes and entertainment home servers. In addition to these traditional ways of controlling electronics, this technology enables end users to use their voice to search for content or voice commands and even input text with their voice.

The SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU-based development kit for remote controls is available now on the TI Store and through authorized distributors. There are also additional development kit bundles available for Bluetooth low energy and RF4CE. The SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 and Bluetooth low energy CC2640 wireless MCUs are available in different QFN package sizes from 4x4 to 7x7 mm.

TI’s SimpleLink wireless connectivity portfolio also includes solutions for Wi-Fi, 6LoWPAN, and more key technologies.
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