6 July 2010


RFMD adds front-end module for ZigBee-based smart energy and ISM applications

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has announced the availability of the RF6515 front-end module (FEM). The firm says that the feature-rich FEM improves the performance of 2.4–2.5GHz ISM-band wireless applications requiring longer-range operation at high efficiency, including WLAN, Zigbee, smart energy/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home-area networks (HANs).

The RF6515 integrates a 20dBm power amplifier (PA), harmonic transmit filtering and a double-pole, double-throw (DPDT) switch. Also, an integrated balun provides a balanced 50 ohm match for the receive (Rx) and transmit (Tx) signal paths.

The 3.5mm x 3.5mm x 0.5mm package is five times smaller than competitive offerings, claims RFMD, minimizing customer product footprints and greatly reducing assembly costs and external component counts.

The RF6515 was designed in collaboration with Ember Corp of Boston, MA, USA. Used together, the RF6515 and Ember’s EM250 can shorten customer design time and accelerate product time-to-market, RFMD says.

Volume pricing of the RF6515 begins at $1.44.

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