What is Zigbee RF4CE?

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RF4CE referred as Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics. This consortium has been formed in 2009. RF4CE consortium and Zigbee alliance agreed to work for a standard to take care of radio frequency remote control of various consumer devices such as TVs, Audio devices, set-top boxes and so on.

Zigbee RF4CE network
fig.1, Typical Zigbee based RF4CE network

Zigbee RF4CE protocol stack utilizes 2.4GHz transceiver compliant to 802.15.4 for remote control devices and their targets (audio and video devices). The second RF4CE application profile is introduced in 2012 compliant to zigbee standard. Figure-1 depicts the inside modules in a Zigbee RF4CE remote controller device used to control the TV/LCD. It also depicts control of DVD and Set Top Box(STB) using RC(Remote control).

Zigbee RF4CE frame
fig.2 Zigbee Frame

Zigbee frame composed of header, payload and footer. Header consists of frame control,frame counter,profile identifier,vendor identifier. Footer part carry message integrity code.

Silent features of ZigBee RF4CE:

•    2.4GHz frequency of operation over three channels
•    compliant to IEEE 802.15.4
•    power saving feature
•    Multi star topology with Inter-PAN communication
•    Utilizes AES-128 security standard
•    simple RC control profile
•    Transmission options viz. broadcast, unicast, unacknowledged , acknowledged, un-secured and secured are supported.
•    Pairing mechanism supported


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Frame structure of wireless standards, technologies

Frame structure of various wireless standards/technologies are mentioned below. It include WiMAX, WLAN, Zigbee, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, TD-SCDMA, GPS, SDH, 11ac WLAN, AMPS, Ethernet, VLAN etc.

WiMAX physical layer Frame Structure as per 802.16d and 802.16e standards
WiMAX MAC layer Frame Structure as per OFDM 802.16d standard
Zigbee RF4CE Frame Structure
Zigbee physical layer Frame Structure
Zigbee MAC layer Frame Structure
GPRS Frame Structure
GPS Frame Structure
LTE Frame Structure
TD-SCDMA Frame Structure
UMTS Frame Structure
SONET Frame Structure
SDH Frame Structure
802.11ac PHY Frame Structure
802.11ac MAC layer Frame Structure
WLAN Frame Structure as per 802.11a,11b,11n,11ac standards
AMPS Frame Structure
Ethernet Frame Structure
VLAN Frame Structure
GSM Frame Structure

RF and Wireless Terminologies