On September 11th the ZigBee Alliance announced that it has ratified the updated ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard. The new standard adds many new features such as Find my Remote, universal remote functions (e.g. automatic IR code download), voice control, and simple pairing.
In conjunction with this IC vendors such as GreenPeak and TI have been quick to announce related chips capable of supporting the new standard. Freescale, NXP and Silicon labs have also contributed to the implementation of the standard.
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