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Chipcon CMOS RF transceiver targets low-cost apps

Posted: 16 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:chipcon as? cc2400? rf transceiver? cmos smartrf 03 technology platform?

Chipcon AS has launched its first in a series of RF transceivers operating in the worldwide 2.4GHz unlicensed ISM band, the CC2400 RF transceiver. Based on the company's 0.18?m CMOS SmartRF 03 technology platform, the product complies with international regulations covered by EN 300 440 (Europe), CFR47 Part 15 (US), and ARIB STD-T66 (Japan).

Although the CC2400 is especially targeted for use in game controllers, wireless audio/headsets and sports and leisure equipment, it is also suitable for a variety of other applications in the 2.4GHz ISM band. In transmit mode the CC2400 uses direct I/Q upconversion, enabling continuous transmission for any length of time.

The transceiver is an integrated solution that requires few external components. It is robust, has good receiver sensitivity and low power consumption. The device is also equipped with a number of on-chip features that ensure effective and reliable communication. Full packet handling support offloads the host controller, which again enables use of low-cost, low-end microcontrollers. The CC2400 supports over-the-air data rates of 10Kbps, 250Kbps, and 1Mbps.

Engineering samples of the CC2400 are available for $2.40 in quantities of 100K. The RF Transceiver is also supported by a development kit (CC2400DK) for easy and fast product evaluation. The kit interfaces to a PC using a USB interface and includes two CC2400EB motherboards as well as two CC2400EM radio modules. The CC2400 can be configured and tested using the company's SmartRF Studio software.

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