ZigBee Alliance Begins Developing ZigBee 3D Sync Standard

By Zigbee Alliance, PRNE
Monday, January 3, 2011

Standard will improve 3D viewing and automatically support 2D/3D content for gaming and 3D HDTV

LAS VEGAS, January 4, 2011 - CES South Hall 1 Booth 21418 — The ZigBee(R) Alliance, a global
ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy
management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, today
announced it is developing a new standard to deliver the ultimate 3D viewing
experience, ZigBee 3D Sync. The standard will create more flexible and
efficient 3D connections between 3D HDTVs and 3D glasses.

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ZigBee 3D Sync will replace 30 year-old infrared (IR) technology
currently used in today's 3D products by providing a standard robust radio
frequency (RF) solution. It will allow consumers greater freedom of movement
while wearing 3D glasses without disrupting gaming or 3D HDTV viewing. It
will also eliminate interference due to ambient light sources. ZigBee 3D Sync
will provide an innovative two-way communications between 3D glasses and
equipment, allowing them to switch automatically between 2D and 3D video
feeds. Plus, 3D glasses built using ZigBee 3D will use energy more
efficiently, giving consumers more hours of 3D entertainment per charge.

The standard will deliver smarter functionality for 3D devices, including
support for:

    - Multi-vendor 3D glasses interoperability
    - Fully programmable display frame rates and shutter open/close times
    - Unlimited number of glasses
    - Multiple user experience modes, for seamless switching between 3D
      and 2D
    - Multi-player (full screen) 2D gaming, where each player receives
      a separate 2D image
    - Multi-player 3D gaming, where each player receives a separate 3D
    - Frequency agility for interference avoidance

"When complete, ZigBee 3D Sync will help CE manufacturers deliver the
best possible 3D experience for consumers," said Bob Heile, chairman of the
ZigBee Alliance. "ZigBee 3D Sync is the latest CE-oriented standard we are
developing to replace outdated IR technology that no longer delivers the
great experience consumers want and expect."

ZigBee 3D Sync can be used simultaneously with the ZigBee Input Device
and ZigBee Remote Control standards introduced last year for CE devices in
response to strong interest from CE manufacturers. All three standards
utilize the ZigBee RF4CE specification that was specifically designed to
replace IR technology and give manufacturers the capability to deliver
exceptional performance along with new features and conveniences not before

When complete, ZigBee 3D Sync will be the Alliance's ninth standard. For
a complete list of proposed Features and Benefits, visit:

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 easy-to-use 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.

Kevin Schader, ZigBee Alliance, +1-925-275-6672, kschader at inventures.com; or Katherine Manning of GolinHarris for ZigBee Alliance, +1-213-438-8788, kmanning at golinharris.com

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