Nordic to refresh RF family, debuts TV remote reference design
November 21, 2011 // Rick Merritt
Nordic Semiconductor has announced plans to refresh its 2.4 GHz product line in the next nine months and debuted a reference design for a connected TV remote control using its current chips.
In a press briefing here the Oslo-based chip designer said it will remain focused on a mix of ANT, Bluetooth and proprietary protocols for consumer and medical markets. The company is especially bullish on Bluetooth 4.0. The standard, ratified late last year, supports new low-power levels to extend into devices beyond today's keyboards, mice and headsets but has yet to gain market traction.
'I think this is going to be a huge wave, we do not know all the things that will come out of this," said Svein-Egil Nielsen, director of emerging technologies for Nordic and a board member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
Nordic will sample by mid-2012 the first members of the nRF51 series, a new line of 2.4 GHz transceivers with integrated microcontrollers to run protocols and applications. The chips represent a ground-up redesign that will provide more p0erformance at lower power, but the comp any declined to provide details ahead of a launch next year.
The chips will come in serapate versions for ANT, Bluetooth and proprietary protocols. However, they will have limited multi-protocol capabilities and cut power by as much as half for some applications, said Thomas Embla Bonnerud, a Nordic product manager.
The new remote control design, called the nRFready Smart Remote, includes a six-axis motion sensor and an accelerometer. It also includes a multi-touch pad from Synaptics that supports swipes, scrolling and other gestures.
The first version of the design ships this month supporting proprietary protocols. A version for Bluetooth 4.0 will ship before the end of the year.
The remote is aimed at a market connected TVs expected to hit 800 million units by 2016, according to some estimates.
"We think Bluetooth Low Energy (aka Bluetooth 4.0) is really good for remotes because connected TVs will have Wi-Fi typically in combo chips that also support Bluetooth 4.0, so they won't need any additional silicon," Bonnerud said.
NFC concrete slabs for a smart city
October 07, 2015
A spin off from French urban furniture provider Récréation Urbaine - www.recreation-urbaine.com, Blocparc was created in ...
IMEC, Cadence tape out first 5nm test chip
Sony to spin off image sensor business
Skyworks to buy PMC-Sierra for $2 billion
Teardown: ADI provides force touch controller in iPhone
Teardown: Knowles wins microphone slots in iPhone 6S
October 07, 2015
The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown ...
Two-Wheelers will get connected, too
Searchable 4K mobile imaging soon a commodity
Virtual reality: a real driver for GPUs, says ARM
- Determine Balancing Current for the LTC3305 Lead-Acid Battery Balancer
- 3 Ways to Simplify Medical Device Testing
- Thread Networking Protocol Simplifies Connecting “Things” in the Home and Beyond
- High Voltage CMOS Amplifier Enables High Impedance Sensing with a Single IC
InterviewMEMS platforms are way to go, says Bosch's Finkbeiner
In the two years since we last interviewed Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec, the company has taken over from STMicroelectronics as the leading global supplier of MEMS components. Here he explains ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, LabNation is giving away three of its SmartScope open source USB oscilloscopes, worth 229 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, the SmartScope is claimed to be the world's first test equipment designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. It is powered directly from... MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.