10 January 2012

RFMD expands portfolio of 2.4GHz front-end modules for ZigBee/HAN applications

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has launched the RFFM6201, a 2.4GHz-band single-chip Zigbee front-end module (FEM) featuring an integrated power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, and diversity switch.

The RFFM6201 delivers what is claimed to be industry-leading current consumption (170mA at rated power) and high-power performance (+23dBm) for home area networking (HAN)/smart energy applications. ZigBee Smart Energy is the leading standard for home area networks used by smart grid programs to boost energy management and efficiency in homes worldwide. The energy-efficient RFFM6201 is pin-for-pin compatible with RFMD’s RF6555 and offers 5dB higher output power, enabling users to increase power output and range without requiring changes in product layout.

“RFMD’s expanding FEM portfolio supports our customers’ rapid ZigBee product launches while reducing component count, size, cost, and power consumption,” says 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,” he adds. “Beyond Smart Energy, the RFFM6201 is also suited for industrial, wireless sensing, and control applications requiring low power, high performance and assured reliability.”

From 10-13 January at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), RFMD is showcasing its ZigBee and smart energy solutions in the ZigBee Alliance Pavilion in booth 21318J at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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