CES 2011, Las Vegas, NV, January 7, 2011:- Atmel® Corporation, a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, announced that it has achieved ZigBee® Certified status for the Atmel Key Remote Controller based on the ZigBee Remote Control™ standard and the ATmega128RFA1 single-chip wireless device microcontroller.

With this certification, Atmel Key Remote Controller users can now run the ZigBee Remote Control software profile stack to gain secure and interoperable RF-based remote controls with two-way communication and no line-of-sight requirements. ZigBee Remote Control provides a global standard for advanced, greener and easy-to-use RF remotes that removes line-of-sight restrictions while delivering two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life.

Designed for a variety of consumer electronic (CE) devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment, ZigBee Remote Control frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices and offers improved battery longevity thanks to its low power requirements. ZigBee Remote Control also offers consumers more flexibility, allowing control of devices from nearby rooms and placement of those devices almost anywhere – including behind wood, interior walls or glass.

ZigBee Remote Control is a standard designed for the ZigBee RF4CE specification that helps simplify how consumers control and use consumer electronic devices. By applying this standard to a remote with an Atmel Key Remote Controller inside, it enhances the home theater experience by automatically connecting a TV to the correct DVD input; allowing a remote control to automatically switch modes to control a DVD; or allowing a remote control to navigate the content on an HDTV.