RF Micro Devices® Press Release - March 31, 2011
RFMD's Collaborates with Atmel to Deliver High-Performance
-- RFMD's RF6575 Front End Module (FEM) Featured in Atmel 128RFA1
Solutions for Smart Energy Applications
, N.C. and DRESDEN, Germany, March 31, 2011 (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, today announced it has teamed with Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML),
a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, to deliver ZigBee®
solutions for a broad range of smart energy applications.
newly introduced RF6575 ZigBee front end module (FEM) has been combined
with the Atmel ATmega128RFA1 Single-Chip solution to create the ATmega128RFA1
reference design. This high-performance ZigBee®-based solution provides
public utilities and consumers more control over how they monitor and
save energy. The solution is targeted at portable battery-powered equipment,
smart energy advanced metering infrastructure, high performance ZigBee,
and Home Area Network (HAN) applications in the 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz ISM
Band. Working together, RFMD and Atmel address the need for aggressive
size reductions in IEEE 802.15.4 designs with a reduced solution footprint
and minimized component count.
Bob Van Buskirk, president of
RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), said, "RFMD and Atmel 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 forecasted to grow rapidly, with particularly strong demand anticipated
in low-power wireless technologies like ZigBee."
"As the smart
energy market continues to grow worldwide, Atmel is excited to collaborate
with companies such as RFMD to enable more battery-powered smart energy
systems," said Magnus Pedersen, director of wireless solutions, Atmel
Corporation. "The RFMD front-end module combined with the Atmel ATmega128RFA1
single-chip solution offers smart energy providers better battery life
with their lower power consumption designs without comprising performance."
RFMD's highly integrated RF6575 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 RF6575
is housed in a 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.5mm package that is one-third the size
of competitive offerings, greatly reducing discrete component requirements
while minimizing footprint and assembly costs. The transceiver interface
is a single-port bi-directional Rx/Tx.
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 RF6575 single-chip ZigBee FEM is specifically optimized for Smart
Energy applications including smart meters, energy usage control, or
"demand response," and HAN devices. Other RFMD ZigBee FEMs are designed
for industrial applications and wireless sensing and control applications
requiring low power consumption, high performance and proven reliability.
Samples and production quantities
are available now through RFMD's online store or through local RFMD
expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile
device, customer premises and communications equipment providers.
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