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Micrel UHF receiver eyes automotive markets

Posted: 26 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micrel? micrf009? qwikradio? uhf receiver?

Micrel Inc. launched its latest QwikRadio low-power UHF receiver aimed at the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. "In the five years since Micrel released its first QwikRadio receiver, the product line has enjoyed rapid and enduring customer acceptance," said Scott Brown, director of mixed-signal and RF products for Micrel.

"We continue to work closely with customers and the MICRF009 is a direct result of this effort. The product addresses our customers' need for improved sensitivity and reduced start-up time - among many other performance enhancements," Brown added.

The MICRF009 IC offers enhanced performance over other QwikRadio receivers by providing higher sensitivity and faster recovery from shutdown, the company said. It features a sensitivity that is typically 6dB higher than previous MICRF00x series chips, and offers quicker recovery from shutdown, characteristically 1ms. The chip has a frequency range between 300MHz and 440MHz, and a data rate up to 2Kbps (Manchester encoding). It also provides designers with low power consumption (2.9mA fully operational, 315MHz).

Housed in 16-pin SOIC packaging, the MICRF009 is currently shipping in volume quantities and is priced at $1.88 in 1,000-unit orders.





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