RF Micro Devices® Press Release - November 10, 2010
RF Micro Devices Teams with Freescale to Deliver High-Performance
ZigBee Solutions for Smart Energy
GREENSBORO, 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.
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 count.
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 ZigBee."
"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."
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 and appliances.
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: Control your world
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:
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manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies. RFMD's
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