RF Micro Devices® Press Release - November 10, 2010
RF Micro Devices Teams with Freescale to Deliver High-Performance
ZigBee Solutions for Smart Energy Applications
N.C., Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD),
a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio
frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, announced
today it has teamed with Freescale Semiconductor to deliver ZigBee®
solutions for a broad range of smart grid applications.
newly introduced RF6535 ZigBee front end module (FEM) has been combined
with Freescale's MC1321x System-in-Package (SiP) to create the RF6535/MC1321x
reference design. The RF6535/MC1321x reference design simplifies RF
design requirements, while reducing product cost and complexity. The
reference design is targeted at ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Area Network
(HAN) applications that require high RF performance to ensure a robust
and reliable operation in varying environments. Working together, RFMD®
and Freescale address the need for aggressive size reductions in IEEE
802.15.4 designs with a reduced solution footprint and minimized component
Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products
Group (MPG), said, "RFMD and Freescale are leveraging each other's expertise
to deliver high-performance, highly integrated solutions that reduce
design cycle times, lower customer costs, and accelerate product time-to-market.
Large-scale smart energy projects are forecast to grow rapidly, with
particular demand anticipated in low-power wireless technologies like
"Emerging markets such as Smart Energy require increased
output power for extended range and reliable communications." said Brett
Black, manager of Freescale's Wireless Connectivity Organization. "Freescale
and RFMD are building on each other's strengths to offer complete solutions
for these markets."
RFMD's highly integrated RF6535 features
a 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz +22dBm power amplifier, Tx harmonic output filter,
double-pole double-throw (DPDT) diversity switch, and a low-noise amplifier
(LNA). The RF6535 is housed in a 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.5mm package that is three
times smaller than competitive offerings, greatly reducing discrete
component requirements while minimizing footprint and assembly costs.
The transceiver interface is a two-port Rx/Tx integrated balun.
RFMD's expanding portfolio of ZigBee FEMs enables customers to accelerate
new ZigBee products to market while reducing component count, size,
cost, and power consumption. RFMD's RF6535 single-chip ZigBee FEM is
specifically optimized for Smart Energy/AMI applications including smart
meters, and HAN devices including Home Energy Gateways, In-home Displays
Freescale's MC1321x family incorporates a low-power
2.4 GHz radio frequency transceiver and a microcontroller into a single
LGA package to meet cost and limited product space budgets while providing
excellent RF system performance. Coupled with RFMD's RF6535 FEM, the
MC1321x fits perfectly with most ZigBee applications in consumer electronics,
energy management, health care, home automation, telecommunication services,
and building and industrial automation.
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting
dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday
life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 350
members driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance
promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked,
sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronic, energy,
home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit:
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD)
is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance
radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies.
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.
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