Voice remote control has been added to the SimpleLink, low power platform from Texas Instruments.

According to the company, developers can do more with less power by taking advantage of the  low power SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 wireless MCU as well the existing Bluetooth Low Energy CC2640 wireless MCU, or the multi-standard CC2650, to create feature-rich remote controls with different technologies.

Engineers can reuse R&D investment for multiple standards and products. They can also differentiate products, without sacrificing battery life, with advanced features such as voice-activated commands and search, gesturing and pointing capabilities.

The  SimpleLink multi-standard CC2650 remote control development kit (CC2650RC)  also connects to the SimpleLink SensorTag ecosystem to expand functionality using DevPack plug-in modules.

Using the MSP430FR2633 MCU with CapTIvate technology, developers can add features like gesture pad, capacitive buttons, sliders and grip detection to the remote design while operating at less than 4microA average current.    

The SimpleLink wireless MCUs integrate a low power, multi-standard radio, ARM CortexM3 core, direct microphone interface, up to 31 GPIOs and sensor controller in a single package measuring from 4.0 x 4.0 to 7.0 x 7.0mm. Developers can implement RF4CE, Bluetooth Low Energy or multi-standard connectivity with voice capabilities into a range of applications such as wearables, building automation and automotive, as well as in the traditional remote control use cases for TVs and set-top boxes. This technology can also enable end users to use a voice command to search for or record a TV show, control lights from across the room or simply input text.

The SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU-based development kit for remote controls is available now. 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 QFN packages.

http://www.ti.com/simplelink


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