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Micrel, Cyan partner on industrial RF modules

Posted: 14 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Micrel partner Cyan? RF modules industrial? meter automated reading?

Micrel Inc. and Cyan Holdings plc are working together on a technology partnership that involves developing subsystem level module products aimed at automated meter reading infrastructure, public lighting management, Ethernet gateways and RF sensor network markets. Micrel is expected to provide the RF chips, while Cyan to supply the microcontrollers and system software.

"This partnership provides our customers with production-ready modules complete with drivers, protocol stacks, RF mesh networking and even embedded Web servers," said Kenn Lamb, Cyan CEO. "RadioWire technology enables a family of low-power RF-enabled Ethernet/USB gateways and nodes for a range of industrial applications. The modules are user-customizable and supplied with a free graphical development tool providing an easy to use and cost-effective solution to industrial control and communications."

"Micrel and Cyan plan to collaborate on developing subsystem level module solutions for growing and emerging global markets," noted Scott Ward, VP of Micrel's analog business unit.

The MICRF505 is a family of true single chip, FSK transceivers that are intended for use in half-duplex, bidirectional low-powered RF links. These multichanneled FSK transceivers are targeted at UHF radio equipment in compliance with the North American FCC parts 15.247 and 249, China Standard No. 423 and the European Telecommunication Standard Institute specification, EN300 220. The MICRF506 is designed to operate in the unlicensed 433MHz ISM band. These chips support data rates up to 200Kbit/s and are part of Micrel's recently launched RadioWire family covering the UHF band. The products are aimed at the automated meter reading, alarm and security, and personal area network markets and are suited for a wide variety of applications including gas, water and energy meters; home, building and security monitors; and industrial controls and sensor networks.

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