One-stop shop for remote control technologies, TI makes next generation of voice remote controls possible

DALLAS, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding its leadership in voice remote controls, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced new voice remote control solutions as part of its SimpleLink™ ultra-low power platform. These were created to help developers easily add ultra-low power Bluetooth® low energy, ZigBee® RF4CE™ or multi-standard connectivity to their designs for voice remote controls, TVs, set-top boxes and more. For more information, visit


Developers can do more with less power by taking advantage of the ultra-low power nature of TI’s new SimpleLink ZigBee RF4CE CC2620 wireless microcontroller (MCU) as well the existing Bluetooth low energy 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 Bluetooth low energy 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. Find out more about the development kit and ecosystem, new BLE-Stack 2.2 and RemoTI™ 2.0 software, along with additional resources to get started at

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 4 uA average current.  To learn more, read this blog post about our remote control reference design featuring the CC2650 wireless MCU and MSP430FR2633 MCU with CapTIvate technology.

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 7x7 mm. With advanced integration and size options, developers can implement RF4CE, Bluetooth low energy 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 favorite TV show, control lights from across the room or simply input text with their voice.

Pricing and availability
The SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU-based development kit for remote controls is available now on the TI Store and through authorized distributors.

  • CC2650RC: USD $49.00 including the remote control kit and quick start guide.
  • 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 different QFN package sizes from 4x4 to 7x7 mm and the pricing is as follows starting at:

  • CC2620 wireless MCU for RF4CE: $ 2.60 in 1,000 unit volumes
  • CC2640 wireless MCU for Bluetooth low energy: $ 2.60 in 1,000 unit volumes
  • CC2650 wireless MCU for multi-standard connectivity: $ 3.00 in 1,000 unit volumes

TI’s SimpleLink wireless connectivity portfolio
TI’s SimpleLink portfolio of low and ultra-low power wireless connectivity solutions – wireless MCUs and wireless network processors (WNPs) for the broad embedded market – makes it easier to develop and connect anything to the Internet of Things (IoT). Spanning over 14 standards and technologies including Bluetooth® low energy, Wi-Fi®, Sub-1 GHz, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee® and more, SimpleLink products help manufacturers easily add wireless connectivity to anything, to any design, for anyone.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors.  By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology.  TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.  Learn more at

SimpleLink, RemoTI and CapTIvate are trademarks of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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