Microchip Technology introduced their PIC12LF1840T48A single-chip devices. The PIC12LF1840T48A integrates an eXtreme Low Power (XLP), 8-bit PIC microcontroller with a sub-GHz RF transmitter. The Microchip PIC12LF1840T48A is optimized to run Microchip’s royalty-free KEELOQ advanced code-hopping technology. The new device family is available in a 14-pin TSSOP package. It is priced at $1.06 each in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples are available now. Volume production is expected in January.
Microchip Technology and Powercast introduced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. The kit features a 3-watt Powercaster transmitter power source, two P2110 Powerharvester receiver evaluation boards, two custom-designed wireless sensor boards, the XLP 16-bit Development Board pre-loaded with jointly developed application software, and an IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver. The included transmitter can wirelessly power sensor devices from more than 40 feet away. The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors is available now for $1250.
Radiocrafts introduced the low cost RC2400 and RC2400HP RF modules. The RC2400 and RC2400HP modules are designed for ZigBee PRO, 6LoWPAN, and other protocols based on IEEE 802.15.4. The IEEE 802.15.4 modules and demo kits are available now. A ZigBee PRO compliant stack is available free of charge. The RC2400 and RC2400HP RF modules are ideal for smart meter reading (AMR, AMI, Smart Grid), building automation, health care, and wireless sensor networks/M2M.
Radiocrafts introduced the RC2500-RC232 and RC2500HP-RC232 modules. The RC2500-RC232 and RC2500HP-RC232 are multi-channel RF transceivers with embedded protocol. RC2500 is below $10 (USD) in volume. RC2500HP includes a range extension LNA and 100mW PA. The new modules are ideal for M2M communication, sensor, and control networks. Modules and demo kits are available now.
Microtune launched the MT3141 world-standard radio frequency (RF)-to-baseband IC. The Microtune MT3141 is based on a new, highly integrated silicon architecture. The MT3141 single chip enables TV manufacturers to use a smaller, higher-performance, and more cost-effective receiver for next-generation global digital television designs. The MT3141 tuner is available now to early access customers in a 6.0 mm x 6.0 mm 40-pin QFN package. It is priced at $2.00 in high volume. Microtune also offers a MicroCeiver MT3141 evaluation board and reference design.
The Microtune MT3511 RF MicroDigitizer is designed for automotive infotainment systems. The integrated 16-bit analog to digital converter (ADC) digitizes the IF signal and provides a suitable interface for high-end software defined radio architectures. A generic processor (e.g. DSP) can be used to demodulate the supported radio standards. The MT3511 is currently sampling to key customers and is priced at $3.50 in volumes of 100,000/year.
NEC Electronics announced the µPD78F8056 (64 KB), µPD78F8057 (96 KB), and µPD78F8058 (128 KB) 16-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The new microcontrollers feature embedded IEEE802.15.4-compliant 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency (RF) transceiver for ZigBee RF4CE. The new microcontrollers come with 56 pins and 8x8mm quad flat no-leads (QFN) packages. The µPD78F8056, µPD78F8057, and µPD78F8058 MCUs are ideal for RF remote control and provide the lowest level of power consumption in the industry.
Microtune’s MicroCeiver platform is an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform for the digital TV and cable TV markets. The MicroCeiver platform packs radio frequency (RF) analog and digital signal processing system on a single chip. The radio frequency-to-baseband solution offers the building-block architecture for a new family of fully integrated front-end receivers that will bring low cost, miniature footprints and excellent signal reception quality to manufacturers creating next-generation digital televisions, set-top boxes, cable entertainment hubs and IP video electronics. The MicroCeiver architecture will reduce engineers’ development time and production costs, while enabling them to create consumer products for global markets that span multiple applications, product lines and international television reception standards.