RF Micro Devices Press Release 1-20-2009
RFMD Releases Industry's First Fully Integrated 5.8 GHz Transmitter
to Comply with China's Electronic Toll Collection Standard
ML5830 Incorporates Company's Proprietary FastWave(TM) Microcontroller
N.C., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc.
(Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of
high-performance semiconductor components, today released the industry's
first fully integrated 5.8 GHz transmitter to comply with China's electronic
toll collection (ETC) standard: "GB/T 20851.1-2007: Electronic Toll
Collection - Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) Part 1: Physical
Layer". RFMD's ML5830 is a low-power, amplitude shift key (ASK) and
frequency shift key (FSK) transmitter operating in the 5.8 GHz ISM band.
It is designed for electronic toll collection applications, including
on board units (OBUs) and road side units (RSUs).
With the implementation
of RFMD's proprietary FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology, the ML5830
eliminates the cumbersome mass production tuning process necessary with
competing solutions. FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology enhances
performance through self-alignment of the VCO, filtering and phase locked
loop (PLL) detection and control. FastWave(TM) also enables user-specific
application configurations through modifications via a three-wire serial
interface to transmitter control, calibration and interface algorithms.
Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD's Broadband and Consumer
Business Unit, said, "As the industry's first fully integrated 5.8GHz
transmitter to comply with China's ETC standard, the ML5830 significantly
accelerates time-to-market for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
while allowing RFMD(R) to participate in a growing market segment for
wireless data. Also, with the implementation of our proprietary FastWave(TM)
microcontroller technology, the ML5830 delivers incremental benefits
to designers and OEMs in time savings and simplified design."
"After testing and evaluating the ML5830, we have concluded that
its features and functions do comply to the DSRC products according
to Chinese National Standard, and do meet China ETC National Standard
requirements," said Huang Wei-Ming of Guangzhou ITS Communications Equipment
Co. Ltd. "Our company is in the process of designing in the ML5830 and
we target to commence mass production with our end product in May 2009."
The ML5830 integrates an upconversion mixer, a buffer/pre-driver
amplifier and an ASK modulator capable of producing a typical output
power of +4 dBm. The ML5830's unique design provides designers industry-leading
ease-of-implementation and a minimal external bill-of-materials (BOM)
count as well as improved time-to-market for OEMs. The ML5830's FSK
mode provides digitally selectable data rates of 1 and 2 Mbps. Importantly,
the ML5830 also incorporates a fully integrated fractional-N synthesizer,
a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and the necessary filtering to
digitally switch to a higher power, higher data rate FSK modulation
mode, providing OEMs the flexibility to meet both current and future
needs of the ETC market.
Technical features of the ML5830 include:
-- Less than 36 mA of current consumption, while delivering +4 dBm of
-- Fully integrated digital FIR transmit data filter
limits Occupied Bandwidth (OBW)
-- Fractional-N synthesizer with
30 Hz resolution
-- Self-calibrating VCO and filters eliminate tuning
using FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology
-- Three-wire serial
-- Integrated power regulation enabling 2.7 to
3.6 V operation
Availability and Pricing
The ML5830 is priced at $5.00 each in quantities of 10,000 units
and is packaged in a 6 x 6 x 1 mm, 40-pin QFN package. Samples and pre-production
quantities are available immediately, and volume production is expected
to commence in the June 2009 quarter.
RFMD's ISM Band
RFMD's growing portfolio of ISM band
products delivers low power consumption, ease of implementation and
superior performance in wireless audio, wireless video, automatic meter
reading, wireless game controllers and other wireless data applications.
RFMD's ISM band products feature FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology,
which improves transceiver performance and enables flexible user-specific
application configurations by allowing modifications to transceiver
control, calibration and interface algorithms.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global
leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor
components. RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced
connectivity and support advanced functionality in the cellular handset,
wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband
and aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse
portfolio of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise and
is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer
premises and communications equipment providers.
in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer
with worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD
is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol RFMD.
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