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New ZigBee Input Device Standard: Delivers Advanced, Battery Friendly Control for Human Interface Devices

Mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands or remote control pointers can now benefit from

ZigBee control

San Ramon, Calif. Dec. 20, 2010 The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies

creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and

consumer applications, today announced the completion of ZigBee Input Device, the new global

standard for human interface devices used in consumer electronics (CE) and computer

accessories.

ZigBee Input Device gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards,

wands or remote control pointers from greater distances and even nearby rooms. It replaces 30

yearold infrared (IR) technology with a standard robust radio frequency (RF) solution. ZigBee

Input Device enables innovative twoway communications between devices, making them

smarter and capable of delivering more features evices. Plus, devices built using

ZigBee Input Device will require significantly fewer batteries during their lifetime, when

compared to IR, making them greener.

The standard also delivers innovative functionality for these devices, including:

* Ability to define special functions and enhanced performance beyond the standard

behavior of a mouse, keyboard or similar input device

* Supports operation with existing ZigBee Remote Control equipped HDTVs, settop boxes

and other devices as well as with existing computers

* Native support for popular multitouch and gesture commands, including pinch or

rotation for touch pad devices

* Simple pushbutton pairing makes devices easy to use

* Smart, overtheair updates and programmability options allow new features to be added

to devices at any time

ZigBee Input Device offers CE and computer accessory manufacturers a standard that makes

their products greener and more intelligent

It builds on the existing ZigBee Remote Control standard, adding features to enable a richer

entertainment experience. It also gives settop boxes, HDTVs and other CE device

manufacturers a significant additional market capability.

This standard is now available to all ZigBee Alliance members. It is the second standard

designed specifically for the ZigBee RF4CE specification. Last year, the Alliance introduced

ZigBee Remote Control for consumer electronic devices. This continued progress

demonstrates strong interest from the market as CE manufacturers seek to integrate innovative

technology in their products that deliver new features and a convenient experience for their

customers.

ZigBee Input Device The standard for advanced human input devices

ZigBee Input Device is the global standard for greener, innovative and easytouse mice,

keyboards, wands, touchpads and other input devices used with computers and CE devices. It

gives these devices nonlineofsight operation, twoway communication, longer range of use,

extended battery life, a broader range of capabilities and features. ZigBee Input Device is a

standard designed especially for the ZigBee RF4CE specification. For more information, visit:

www.zigbee.org/inputdevice.

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to

work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non

profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative,

reliable and easytouse ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of

ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer,

commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.

Contact:

Kevin Schader

ZigBee Alliance

kschader@inventures.com

+1 9252756672

Katherine Manning

GolinHarris for ZigBee Alliance

kmanning@golinharris.com

+1 2134388788

SOURCE ZigBee Alliance

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