TRaC Launches ZigBee RF4CE Test Service

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TRaC has formally launched its ZigBee RF4CE test service allowing certification against this standard.

Adding TRaC to our list of approved global test houses not only helps our members certify their products faster, but helps us create stronger testing regimens that ultimately allow consumers to buy ZigBee products with confidence.

As one of only three ZigBee Alliance recognised test houses, and the only UK based ZigBee recognised test house, TRaC has been providing manufacturers with ZigBee Certification testing for some time. Supporting the new ZigBee RF4CE platform specification issued by the ZigBee Alliance, TRaC has formally launched its ZigBee RF4CE test service allowing certification against this standard.

ZigBee RF4CE is a new generation remote control technology ideally suited for the consumer electronics and home entertainment markets. It offers significant advantages over traditional infrared; it allows communication without the need for direct line-of-sight, and allows for a truly universal remote control. The ZigBee RF4CE certification program ensures full interoperability between different manufacturers. The availability of a global standard for this market is expected to produce a transformation within the home, as devices such as TVs, music systems and satellite boxes, from different manufacturers, can be hidden away and controlled using a single remote. This combination of functionality and interoperability makes the "single remote" concept a reality.

TRaC is actively involved with this exciting new technology and the expertise of TRaC engineers has assisted in making the launch of the ZigBee RF4CE certification program a success. TRaC was actively involved with the certification of the first ZigBee RF4CE "golden" platforms.

According to, Kobus Marneweck, Manager - Low Power Wireless Software, Texas Instruments, "As one of the first manufacturers to obtain ZigBee RF4CE certification, we were very pleased with the professionalism and technical understanding shown by TRaC."

In addition, commenting on TRaC's testing contributions, Victor J Berrios, Global Platform Development Manager, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc said, "We were very happy with TRaC's commitment and investment in ZigBee RF4CE Technology. We look forward to TRaC's continued support of this technology going forward."

"ZigBee Alliance members benefit from the broad testing expertise provided by TRaC," said Benno Ritter, vice president of marketing at the ZigBee Alliance. "Adding TRaC to our list of approved global test houses not only helps our members certify their products faster, but helps us create stronger testing regimens that ultimately allow consumers to buy ZigBee products with confidence."

TRaC are now offering this comprehensive RF4CE platform test service to other designers and will soon follow this with an RF4CE product test service once the ZigBee RF4CE product specification is formally issued.

ZigBee RF4CE: More flexibility and control
The ZigBee RF4CE specification is based on IEEE 802.15.4. MAC/PHY radio technology in the 2.4GHz unlicensed frequency band and enables worldwide operation, low power consumption and instantaneous response time. It allows omni-directional and reliable two-way wireless communication, channel agility for enhanced co-existence with other 2.4GHz wireless technologies, simple secure set-up and configuration.

ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronic, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org

About TRaC
TRaC is a leading test group with accreditations for all major markets worldwide. It has established itself with a reputation for unrivalled excellence in global approvals, testing and certification. visit: http://www.tracglobal.com

TRaC provide the assessment route to product manufacturers and designers to ensure they fulfill their legal obligations and demonstrate full compliance with the requirements of countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.tracglobal.com/zigbee

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