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ZigBee®RF4CE compatible RF module with a built-in 2.4GHz band antenna for remote control (FD 7003) developed

  We are pleased to announce the development of“RF module with a built-in 2.4Ghz band antenna” compatible with ZigBee®RF4CE. 

In recent years, the remote control for AV equipment has been required to be capable of controlling multiple pieces of equipment with one remote control and adjusting to various input scenes. 

This “ZigBee®RF4CE compatible RF module with a built-in 2.4GHz band antenna” which uses the platform of recently established ZigBee®RF4CE responds to such requirements.  The communication system is based on 2.4GHz band IEEE 802.15.4 PHY/MAC system and is capable of N-to-N high reliability two-way communication, low power consumption, coexisting with other 2.4GHz band RF and security settings. 

This product, featuring a two-way communication by the use of radio frequencies and network function, contributes to the realization of a more convenient and stylish remote controls. 

With regards to the technical development of RF remote controls, this “ZigBee®RF4CE compatible RF module” is an addition to the previously developed FX8000, with more product lineup coming up for the expansion of the remote control business.  

Date Released Jul. 08, 2009
Press Release No. 859fc 
Product Name
 ZigBee®RF4CE compatible RF module with a built-in 2.4GHz band antenna for remote control (FD 7003) developed

1) By using the omni-directionality feature of RF, PAN with remote control as its core can be easily structured (N-to-N application is possible).
2).  Compatible with ZigBee®RF4CE Specification Version 1.00. 
3).  The standby-mode and intermittent reception feature conserves electricity consumption. 
4).  DSSS (Note 2) employed for modulation system provides high-resistance to noise and interference. 
5).  The employment of radio communication system using 2.4 GHz ISM band provides equipment with worldwide applicability and helps standardize equipment.
6). Acquisition of qualification for the Japanese Radio Law, FCC(Note 3) and CE(Note 4) is planned. Upon successful acquisition, RF applications do not require individual acquisition of qualification for such standards, which creates shorter lead time for equipment development and lower costs.
7).  Compatible with decoded output of various IR communication formats, no change in equipment of application software is necessary, other than substituting previous IR receivers with this module. Equipment designing will thus be simpler.

[Technical Terms]

Note 1: RF4CE
 Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics

Note 2: DSSS
 Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
Note 3: FCC
 (US) Federal Communications Commission

Note 4: CE
 Originated from the Latin expression of the European Union.
 The French acronym is Communaute Europeenne. 

Note 5: UART
 Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter

Major specifications
RF Standard ZigBee®RF4CE Specification Version 1.00 compatible
Supply Voltage 2.1-3.4 VDC
Operation Temperature Range -10ºC+50ºC
Interface UART (Note 5) 115.2 kbps and IR decoder data output
External Dimensions 17mm× 42mm × 5mm (not including connector)
Frequency Range 5,000 cycles (SIM)
Modulation System DSSS
Antenna Printed type 
Transmission Distance 20m min. (reference only)

Remote control of various types of electric/electronic goods (*)
* various types of electric/electronic goods: HDTV, home theater equipment, AV equipment including set-top boxes and audio products, home automation, home security, hot water supplies, lighting fixtures, air conditioners, PC and etc.

Market introduction August 2009 (to be confirmed)
Production capacity September 2009 (to be confirmed)  1,000,000 units/month

* For more information, please contact the FC Division
Tel : 81-3-3785-1127 / Fax : 81-3-3785-7166