Atmel’s ATmega128RFA1 gains ZigBee Remote Control certification

Atmel’s ATmega128RFA1 gains ZigBee Remote Control certification

Colin Holland

1/10/2011 11:38 AM EST

The Atmel Key Remote Controller based on the ZigBee Remote Control standard and the ATmega128RFA1 single-chip wireless device microcontroller has achieved ZigBee Certified status.

With this certification, Atmel Key Remote Controller users can now run the ZigBee Remote Control software profile stack to gain secure and interoperable RF-based remote controls with two-way communication and no line-of-sight requirements.
ZigBee Remote Control provides a global standard for RF remotes that removes line-of-sight restrictions while delivering two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life.

Designed for a variety of consumer electronic devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment, ZigBee Remote Control frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices and offers improved battery longevity thanks to its low power requirements.

ZigBee Remote Control is a standard designed for the ZigBee RF4CE specification that helps simplify how consumers control and use consumer electronic devices. By applying this standard to a remote with an Atmel Key Remote Controller inside, it enhances the home theater experience by automatically connecting a TV to the correct DVD input; allowing a remote control to automatically switch modes to control a DVD; or allowing a remote control to navigate the content on an HDTV.

Magnus Pedersen, product marketing director of MCU wireless solutions at Atmel Corp. said “With this certification, Atmel is now compliant with several ZigBee standards and specifications including ZigBee RF4CE and ZigBee Smart Energy.”