Sept. 12, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced new voice-enabled ZigBee
Smart remote control development kits that will bring advanced voice features to more remotes and more consumers. Working with Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of voice and language solutions, TI's new remote control solutions deliver high-quality voice recognition powered by Nuance's
in a limited bandwidth stream without quality loss or impact on the results. TVs and set-top boxes (STBs) now offer more advanced services where voice-enabled remotes provide an additional method for user control. The performance and low power of TI's solution delivers advanced consumer applications including voice commands, hands-free search and navigation as well as user identification for customized user interfaces. Additionally, with a lower cost point and more flexibility than current voice-enabled remote technology, TI's RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart remote solutions make embedded- and Internet- or cloud-based remotes a reality.
"Voice is changing the TV remote experience bringing a new sense of simplicity and instant access to content, shows and features – otherwise hard to navigate with traditional remote controls and program guides," said
, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "TI's RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart remote control solutions powered by Nuance's Dragon TV bring the connected TV to life and create a compelling and engaging experience."
Based on a single-chip SoC (
for ZigBee RF4CE or Bluetooth low energy respectively), TI's voice-enabled remote control solutions only require an external ADC—no external DSP is needed for voice compression, which reduces costs to manufacturers. The voice-enabled remote controls use TI's royalty-free RemoTI™ RF4CE stack and BLE-Stack™ software. TI offers manufacturers a complete RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart remote control product offering including simple button remotes, advanced remotes with pointing technology, and now voice-enabled.
The voice-enabled remote control solutions have already gained momentum with remote manufacturers. The RF4CE solution will be demonstrated at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2013 from
Sept. 13-17, 2013
at RAI Amsterdam by:
- Philips in hall 1, booth 1.A81 (with Nuance Dragon TV)
- SMK in hall 4, booth 4.C78
TI's voice-enabled remote control kits are currently being offered to
The RF4CE voice-enabled remote control kit and software are available today. The Bluetooth Smart voice-enabled remote will be available in 4Q.