UEI to Supply Comcast With Xfinity Home Security Keypads

Universal Electronics Inc. will supply Comcast with a new electronic keypad for its Xfinity Home security and automation service, according to an FCC document obtained by The Donohue Report on Friday.

The device contains a ZigBee home automation system on a chip (SoC) from Austin, Texas-based Silicon Labs, according to internal photos contained in an FCC test report.

Universal Electronics is best known for supplying pay TV distributors and consumer electronics manufacturers with remote controls for TVs and set-tops, including Comcast’s XR11 Voice Remote.

UEI and Comcast haven’t yet announced deployment plans for the keypad, model number XHK1-UE. But on Wednesday, UEI announced that as part of an “extension of its partnership in developing advanced technology products with Comcast,”  that the nation’s largest cable MSO signed a warrants agreement that gives it rights to acquire” UEI shares “tied to the potential fulfillment of pre-defined purchase milestones under the terms of the warrants agreement.”

The keypad was designed at Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia, and manufactured in China, according to the label.

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