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May 01, 2008

RFMD Intros 2.4 GHz ISM Band Transceiver

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

RF Micro Devices (News - Alert) has launched the ML2726 ISM band transceiver. This low power, low-IF, frequency shift key (FSK) transceiver can operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band.

By leveraging the ML2726 reference design, consumer product original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can quickly bring to market products featuring wireless data connectivity for multiple applications. These include game controllers, PC peripherals, automatic meter reading, security systems, telemetry and point-of-sale vending equipment.
The new highly integrated RF transceiver from RFMD (News - Alert) incorporates a sigma-delta fractional-N synthesizer, voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), upconversion and downconversion mixers, data slicer and transceiver configuration registers. 
As the ML2726 offers a 2 Mbps data transmission rate, it minimizes average power consumption resulting in longer battery life in portable applications. The ML2726 also incorporates self-alignment of the low-IF receiver and phase locked loop (PLL) detection and control. This eases implementation and eliminates the cumbersome mass production tuning process, which is customary with competing transceiver solutions.
Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD's Broadband and Consumer Business Unit said in a statement that the highly specialized wireless data markets, such as meter reading and wireless game controllers, demand a high level of support and component flexibility to meet their individual application needs.
By providing reference designs demonstrating FCC (News - Alert) part-15 compliance combined with world-class customer support they enable designers to quickly implement the market-leading features the ML2726 has to offer, accelerating their customers' time to market.
The ML2726 is priced at $2.67 each, in quantities of 10,000 units. Samples are available immediately.
Anuradha Shuklais a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit hercolumnist page.
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