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Mar 30th, 2012
Nordic partners with Movea for motion enabled TV remote controls
Nordic nRFready™ 2.4GHz RF Smart Remote now SmartMotion™ enabled.
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Movea, the pioneer in motion-sensing and motion-control technologies, announced today its technology partnership with Nordic Semiconductor ASA for the development of new and innovative, motion-enabled 2.4GHz RF remote control reference design.
The nRFready Smart Remote is a complete hardware and software reference design for advanced browsing control of the latest Internet-enabled and Web 2.0-enabled TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). The nRFready™ 2.4GHz RF Smart Remote reference design features a multi-touch enabled TouchPad™, a miniaturized QWERTY keyboard, a 6-axis motion sensing solution (3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope), and an ultra low power accelerometer. The RF connectivity is enabled by Nordic's nRF24LE1 System-on-Chip (SoC) and Gazell™ 2.4GHz RF protocol stack. Movea's SmartMotion firmware is ported to the SoC's integrated microcontroller. This is a complete off-the-shelf system, providing Nordic customers with a motion-enabled solution ready to be integrated within remote control and other computer peripheral designs.
Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea, explained, "As TVs are becoming smarter, streaming content from several sources, offering new applications and games, the need for smarter remotes to navigate through the interface is obvious to sustain an enjoyable home entertainment experience. Current remotes cluttered with buttons are too clumsy and slow, motion control bundled with Movea's gesture libraries, delivers a more intuitive and efficient way to navigate the user interface. We are delighted to work with Nordic to develop the next generation of remote control that will lead the path to an improved home entertainment."
Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO at Oslo-based Nordic, added, "Connected or 'Smart' TVs are expected to hit 800 million units by 2016 according to some estimates and we believe the revolution is in motion. Pixel accurate in-air pointing and advanced gesture recognition willbring the ease of use and faster control to Smart TV remote controls. Nordic's ultra-low power RF solutions and Movea's motion-processing technology is the perfect combination for next generation remote controls. This is because low cost RF connectivity is essential to support motion control and in turn, our customers recognise that motion control is a critically important feature for navigating today's complex multimedia user interfaces. Nordic is pleased to be collaborating with the market leader in this technology."
SmartMotion by Movea
Movea is the leading provider of motion processing software, firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products, meaning reduced risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features that create more end-user value. Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world.
Further information about Movea can be found at www.movea.com   Email: sales@movea.com
Movea contact: Eva Pagneux, marketing specialist   +1 925 271 7471 epagneux@movea.com
SmartMotion is a trademark of Movea SA.
About Nordic Semiconductor
Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands. Nordic is a Norwegian public company listed on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: NOD). Nordic's ULP wireless solutions are enabling its customers to build wireless connectivity into everything from mainstream consumer RF remote controls through to the most advanced and innovative 'game-changing' wireless devices - while meeting or exceeding end users' expectations in terms of features, performance, and price.
To learn more about Nordic visit www.nordicsemi.com

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