First RFMD Product To Incorporate Company's Proprietary FastWave(TM)
ATLANTA, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc.
(Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of
high-performance semiconductor components, today released the industry's first
5.8 GHz ISM band transceiver with an integrated power amplifier. The ML5805 is
a low-IF, frequency shift key (FSK) transceiver designed for operation in the
license-free 5.8 GHz ISM band. Proprietary point-to-point and
point-to-multi-point radios using 5.8 GHz ISM band transceivers are
increasingly being implemented in consumer applications such as wireless
audio, wireless video and data connectivity.
The ML5805 integrates the power amplifier (PA) and low noise amplifier
(LNA) with the transceiver architecture onto a single chip. The ML5805's
unique design provides radio designers industry-leading ease-of-implementation
and a minimal external bill-of-materials (BOM) count as well as improved
time-to-market for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Additionally, the
ML5805 provides radio designers the flexibility to optimize each application
by offering five, digitally selectable data rates ranging from 576 Kbps up to
2.048 Mbps. The variable data rate capability of the ML5805 allows it to serve
a broad range of applications and further accelerates OEM time-to-market by
enabling broadly applicable 5.8 GHz radio platforms.
The ML5805 is RFMD's first product to incorporate the Company's
proprietary FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology, which improves
performance through value-add features including self-alignment of the low-IF
receiver and phase locked loop (PLL) detection and control. FastWave(TM) also
provides flexible user-specific application configurations by allowing
modifications via a three-wire serial interface to transceiver control,
calibration and interface algorithms. With the implementation of FastWave(TM),
the ML5805 allows customers to eliminate the cumbersome mass production tuning
process necessary with competing transceiver solutions.
Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD's Broadband and Consumer Business
Unit, said, "As the industry's first 5.8GHz ISM band transceiver to integrate
the power amplifier, the ML5805 eases implementation for radio designers and
accelerates time-to-market for OEMs. Also, with the implementation of our
proprietary FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology, the ML5805 delivers
incremental benefits to designers and OEMs in time savings and simplified
design. The ML5805 improves upon the performance characteristics of our
popular ML5800 and is designed to target a significantly expanded range of
data rate applications."
The ML5805 improves upon the successful ML5800, which has enjoyed
favorable design activity into multiple proprietary wireless connectivity
applications, including wireless speaker applications by Eleven Engineering.
RFMD(R) will demonstrate a high-performance Eleven Engineering audio
application in its booth at the 2008 IEEE International Microwave Symposium
Technical features of the ML5805 include:
- Integrated PA delivering +21 dBm typical output power
- Improved receive (Rx) sensitivity to -97 dBm at 0.1% bit error rate
- Improved fractional-N synthesizer performance with 30Hz resolution
- Three-wire serial control interface
- Self-Calibrating VCO and filters that eliminate tuning using
FastWave(TM) microcontroller technology
The ML5805 is packaged in a 6 x 6 x 1 mm, 40-pin QFN package with samples
available immediately and pre-production quantities available in the third
quarter of this year.
RFMD will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of high-performance
semiconductor components at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
2008, June 17-19, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in
About RFMD: RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) is a global leader in
the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components.
RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and
support advanced functionality in the cellular handset, wireless
infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband and
aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio
of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise and is a preferred
supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and
communications equipment providers.
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