TI solutions enable next-gen voice remote controls

Posted By : Nat Bowers
TI solutions enable next-gen voice remote controls

Expanding its leadership in voice remote controls, Texas Instruments has announced voice remote control solutions as part of its SimpleLink ultra-low power platform. These were created to help developers easily add ultra-low power BLE, ZigBee RF4CE or multi-standard connectivity to their designs for voice remote controls, TVs, set-top boxes and more.

Developers can do more with less power by taking advantage of the ultra-low power nature of TI’s SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 wireless MCU as well the existing BLE CC2640 wireless MCU or the multi-standard CC2650 solution to create feature-rich remote controls with different technologies. Engineers can reuse their R&D investment for multiple standards and products.  Additionally, developers can differentiate products without sacrificing battery life with advanced features such as voice-activated commands and search, gesturing, pointing and more.

TI makes BLE and RF4CE development for remote controls easier by offering an all-in-one SimpleLink multi-standard CC2650 remote control development kit (CC2650RC) which also 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 4­­­µA 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 7x7mm. With advanced integration and size options, developers can implement RF4CE, BLE 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 and set-top boxes. In addition to these traditional ways of controlling your electronics or TV, this technology can enable end users to use their voice to search for or record their favourite TV show, control lights from across the room or simply 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 authorised distributors. The CC2650 remote control development kit (CC2650RC) is priced at $49.00 and includes the remote control kit and quick start guide. Additional development kit bundles are also available for BLE and RF4CE.

The SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 and BLE CC2640 wireless MCUs are available in different QFN package sizes from 4x4 to 7x7mm and the pricing is as follows starting at:

  • CC2620 wireless MCU for RF4CE: $2.60 in 1,000 unit quantities;
  • CC2640 wireless MCU for BLE: $2.60 in 1,000 unit quantities; and
  • CC2650 wireless MCU for multi-standard connectivity: $3.00 in 1,000 unit quantities.


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