The Need for RF in Remote Controls | Cypress Semiconductor
The Need for RF in Remote Controls
Traditionally a product perceived to be more of a bundled accessory, remote controls are starting to play a more significant role in Consumer Electronics because of converging trends towards a digital living room. Media convergence into the living room has taken significant steps with digital TVs becoming more affordable and further fueled by the growing popularity of ON DEMAND, TiVo and digital/personal video recorders in general. Because of this paradigm shift, the demand for remotes to be equipped with LCD displays and touch screens is starting to become noticeable. And the freedom and flexibility of RF as opposed to old-school infrared (IR) is catapulting in status from a "nice-to-have" feature to becoming an absolute requirement. To view more on this topic, click the download link above or visit EE Times.