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Zigbee solution boasts control, energy saving

Posted: 05 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ATmega128RFA1? reference design? FEM?

RF Micro Devices Inc. has teamed up with Atmel Corporation to deliver ZigBee solutions for a broad range of smart energy applications. RFMD introduced the RF6575 ZigBee front end module (FEM), which 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. 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.

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. The RF6575 is housed in a 3.5x3.5x0.5mm package that is one-third the size of competitive offerings, reducing discrete component requirements while minimizing footprint and assembly costs. The transceiver interface is a single-port bi-directional Rx/Tx.

RFMD's 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 sales channels.

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