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Front-end modules geared for smart energy apps

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart energy? front-end module? home area networking?

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) has rolled a 2.4GHz band single-chip Zigbee front-end module (FEM) that contains an integrated power amplifier, low noise amplifier and diversity switch. According to the company, the RFFM6201 delivers current consumption of 170mA at rated power and high-power performance of 23dBm for home area networking (HAN)/smart energy applications.

The RFFM6201 touts energy efficient operation and is pin-for-pin compatible with RFMD's popular RF6555. Additionally, the device offers 5dB higher output power, enabling customers to increase power output and range without requiring changes in product layout, noted the company.

"RFMD's expanding FEM portfolio supports our customers' rapid ZigBee product launches while reducing component count, size, cost and power consumption," stated Rohan Houlden, general manager of RFMD's wireless connectivity business unit. "RFMD's RFFM6201 ZigBee FEM is specifically optimized for smart energy applications including smart meters, energy usage control, or 'demand response' and HAN devices. Beyond smart energy, the RFFM6201 is also suited for industrial, wireless sensing and control applications requiring low power, high performance and assured reliability."

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