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Hillcrest Labs and Texas Instruments Showcase RF4CE Remote Controls with Freespace Technology at CES

January 5, 2009

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Hillcrest Labs and Texas
Instruments (TI) today unveiled some of the first remote controls to utilize
the new “Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics” (RF4CE) standard. By
combining Hillcrest’s Freespace(R) technology and Texas Instruments’
RemoTI(TM) network protocol, the companies have demonstrated how consumer
electronic companies can create pointer-based remote controls for various A/V
devices such as televisions or DVD players. Together, these technologies
eliminate the line-of-site limitations of infrared (IR) devices and
dramatically reduce the number of buttons needed on a remote control.

Hillcrest and TI will showcase the RF4CE-based remotes at the
International CES, January 8-11, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV in the Hillcrest Labs
suite at the Renaissance Hotel. Unlike most remote controls today that use
infrared technology to communicate commands, radio frequency (RF) remote
controls do not require a direct line-of-sight operation. RF Remotes also
support more advanced features, such as in-air pointing, for enhanced
entertainment experiences based on bi-directional communication capabilities.
The RF4CE standard is backed by the RF4CE consortium whose members include
Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, Freescale
Semiconductors, OKI, and Texas Instruments.

“Hillcrest Labs is a pioneer in user interface software and motion-control
technologies,” said Brian Blum, Low-Power RF product marketing at Texas
Instruments. “We are pleased to have worked together with them to incorporate
our RemoTI network protocol into solutions for prospective customers
interested in next-generation remote controls.”

“With RF4CE, consumers can expect remote control interoperability, richer
features and far more robust ways to control their in-home entertainment
experiences. They are also now free to place their CE devices out-of-sight in
their homes,” said Chad Lucien, Vice President of Freespace Products and
Corporate Strategy at Hillcrest Labs. “We are excited to work with a
technology leader like TI to bring to market innovative solutions with
Freespace in-air pointing and motion-control technology.”

Hillcrest’s Freespace technology enables CE manufacturers and service
providers to embed pointing and motion control into a wide range of hand-held
devices, including TV remote controls, game controllers, and PC accessories.
The company’s iconic device is the Loop(TM) Pointer — that uses just two
buttons and a scroll wheel to control on-screen applications. Consumers can
experience Freespace today in the highly-acclaimed Logitech(R) MX Air(TM)
Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse for PCs and KODAK Theatre HD Player. Freespace
is also licensed by Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), a global leader in the
design and manufacture of remote controls.

For more details about Hillcrest’s Freespace technology or Hillcrest Labs,
visit http://www.hillcrestlabs.com. For more details about TI’s RemoTI network
protocol, visit http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/landing/RF4CE/index.htm.

About Hillcrest Labs

Hillcrest Laboratories (a.k.a. Hillcrest Labs) sells an application
creation platform called HoME(TM), which enables consumer electronics
manufacturers and service providers to create unique interactive digital media
products for TV and other digital media devices. Applications made with HoME
are controlled by pointing and provide consumers an intuitive way to browse,
discover, and interact with large volumes of digital media. Hillcrest Labs’ pointing technology, called Freespace(R), can be used in a wide range of
consumer devices including remote controls, PC mice, and game controllers. The
company’s iconic reference device is the Loop(TM) — a pointer-based TV remote
that uses just two buttons and a scroll wheel. HoME and Freespace have
received numerous awards including the CES Innovations Award and Popular
Mechanics’ Editors Choice. Based in Rockville, Maryland, Hillcrest Labs was
founded in 2001 by Dan Simpkins. The company is funded by NEA,
AllianceBernstein, Columbia Capital, and Grotech Ventures. For additional
information, visit http://www.hillcrestlabs.com.

Freespace is a registered trademark of Hillcrest Labs. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Hillcrest Labs,
Freespace, and the Loop are trademarks of Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.

SOURCE Hillcrest Labs


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