Microsemi Develops Industrial-Grade Radio

May 8, 2013

The ZL70251 is a next-generation 2 mA low-power transceiver that supports extended operating temperature and frequency ranges, making it well suited for harsh industrial environments.

ALISO VIEJO, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance, announced the ZL70251 ultra-low-power (ULP) radio frequency (RF) transceiver, with an extended temperature operating range of –40°C to 85°C for short-range wireless sensor products used in industrial applications. In addition, the next-generation transceiver now can be used in unlicensed frequency bands ranging from 779 to 965 MHz, which broadens the scope of operation from the previously supported North American 915 MHz and European 868 MHz bands to include China's 779 to 787 MHz radio frequency spectrum.

"Extending the temperature range of our industry-leading low-power consumption radio allows us to address increasing demand for M2M low-power nodes used in automation and industrial control applications," said Francois Pelletier, Product Marketing Director of Microsemi's ULP product group. "Increasing our frequency band parameters also enables us to broaden our geographic footprint and capitalize on growing market opportunities in China."

The ZL70251 is fully functional over the industrial temperature range while still delivering the "industry's lowest peak power at 2 mA in both transmit and receive mode." This performance enables extremely low-power wireless nodes to operate in harsh environments. It is offered in a compact 3 mm by 2 mm chip scale package and requires only two external components, which makes it ideal for products with space constraints.

A suite of ZL70251 product development support tools are available, including an application development kit, a low-power wireless communication software code starter for point-to-point connections, and wireless sensor reference designs based on coin cell batteries.

The new device is sampling now and will reach full production status in July 2013. For more information, or to obtain a sample, email sales.support@microsemi.com or contact your local distributor or Microsemi sales representative.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corp. offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense and security, aerospace, and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened, and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs, and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; and custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, and has approximately 3000 employees globally.

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