Microchip Technology introduced the MRF49XA Sub-GHz transceiver radio. The MRF49XA covers the 434/868/915 MHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Radio Frequency (RF) band. The transceiver is ideal for low data-rate, low-power embedded wireless applications. Samples are available now in 16-pin TSSOP packaging. The MRF49XA Sub-GHz transceiver radio is expected to be available for volume production next month. Pricing starts at $1.63 each in 10,000-unit quantities.
By retaining compatibility with its existing suite of development tools, Microchip makes it easy to integrate this new Sub-GHz transceiver with any 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC microcontroller, enabling cost-effective designs for a wide range of bi-directional, short-range wireless applications, such as remote controls, remote meter reading and home security/alarms.
The MRF49XA transceiver radio is available on a PICtail/PICtail Plus daughter board for easy integration with the 8-bit PIC18 Explorer and 16/32-bit Explorer 16 modular microcontroller development boards. The 434 MHz Daughter Board (part # AC164137-1, $39.99 for a two-pack) and 868/915 MHz Daughter Board (part # AC164137-2, $39.99 for a two-pack) are both available now.
The MRF49XA transceiver radio can be integrated with over 550 PIC microcontrollers. Available tools include the free MPLAB IDE integrated development environment, the MPLAB REAL ICE emulation system, the MPLAB ICD 3 in-circuit debugger, the PICkit 3 low-cost debugger/programmer, and Microchip’s free C compilers.
More info: Microchip Wireless Design Center