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RFMD & Freescale Unite to Deliver High-Performance ZigBee Products


The modules will be used for smart energy applications that require high RF performance to ensure a robust and reliable operation in varying environments.


RF Micro Devices and Freescale Semiconductor have teamed up to deliver ZigBee solutions for a broad range of smart grid applications.


RFMD’s newly introduced RF6535 ZigBee front end module (FEM) has been combined with Freescale’s MC1321x System-in-Package (SiP) to create the RF6535/MC1321x reference design. The RF6535/ MC1321x reference design simplifies RF design requirements, while reducing product cost and complexity.


The reference design is targeted at ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Area Network (HAN) applications that require high RF performance to ensure a robust and reliable operation in varying environments. Working together, RFMD and Freescale address the need for aggressive size reductions in IEEE 802.15.4 designs with a reduced solution footprint and minimized component count.


Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), said, “RFMD and Freescale are leveraging each other’s expertise to deliver high-performance, highly integrated solutions that reduce design cycle times, lower customer costs, and accelerate product time-to-market. Large-scale smart energy projects are forecast to grow rapidly, with particular demand anticipated in low-power wireless technologies like ZigBee.”


“Emerging markets such as Smart Energy require increased output power for extended range and reliable communications.” said Brett Black, manager of Freescale’s Wireless Connectivity Organization. “Freescale and RFMD are building on each other’s strengths to offer complete solutions for these markets.”


RFMD’s highly integrated RF6535 features a 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz +22dBm power amplifier, Tx


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harmonic output filter, double-pole double-throw (DPDT) diversity switch, and a low-noise amplifier (LNA). The RF6535 is housed in a 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.5mm package that is three times smaller than competitive offerings, greatly reducing discrete component requirements while minimizing footprint and assembly costs. The transceiver interface is a two-port Rx/Tx integrated balun.


RFMD’s expanding portfolio of ZigBee FEMs enables customers to accelerate new ZigBee products to market while reducing component count, size, cost, and power consumption. RFMD’s RF6535 single-chip ZigBee FEM is specifically optimized for Smart Energy/AMI applications including smart meters, and HAN devices including Home Energy Gateways, In-home Displays and appliances.


Freescale’s MC1321x family incorporates a low- power 2.4 GHz radio frequency transceiver and a microcontroller into a single LGA package to meet cost and limited product space budgets while providing excellent RF system performance. Coupled with RFMD’s RF6535 FEM, the MC1321x fits perfectly with most ZigBee applications in consumer electronics, energy management, health care, home automation, telecommunication services, and building and industrial automation.


ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 350 members


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