The system consists of three basic modules, the primary control unit, secondary control units and handheld remotes. The systems has the ability to control all audio and video systems through and entire home which may consist of multiple TV, stereo, computers, webcams, etc. Utilizing X-10 technology which communicates through household AC electrical system the unit can even control household appliances.
This design and development program consisted of working through compressed rear panel I/O requirements, basic front panel I/O, both infrared and RF connectivity with remote units. The client, a small well funded start-up produced the PCB layout and software. NETBased provided PCB design constraints for their board layout. We developed the enclosure design to meet FCC Part 15, Class B for emissions and immunity, UL, CSA and CE Safety as well a RoHS compliance.
The face of the unit was an aluminum extrusion. The two IR translucent dome pieces allowed for remote control programming. The left dome slid in a pair of grooves to reveal front panel I/O. The base chassis was sheet metal and powder painted. Since this was their initial product offering they didn’t want to invest in injection mold tools for the IR domes. We developed a way to form them using pressure forming using an IR sheet material. The tooling cost was significantly lower than what would have been for injection molding.
There were multiple models with different connector arrangements on the front and rear panel. Multiple front and rear panels accommodated these changes while the top and bottom chassis parts remained common.
After positive periodic reviews the company was subsequently purchased by NETGEAR.