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RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, announced it is teaming with Ember Corp. to introduce ZigBee® front-end modules (FEM) for smart grid applications that give utilities and consumers more control over how they monitor and save energy. ZigBee is a global wireless networking standard for monitoring and control in a variety of applications such as energy management, safety and security, lighting and appliances.
RFMD's new ZigBee FEM product family enables customers to bring new ZigBee products to market faster, while dramatically reducing the number of components required and the size, cost and power consumption of smart grid FEMs.
While RFMD's newest ZigBee FEMs can be used with any ZigBee application, the product family initially targets smart grid and smart energy applications such as smart meters, demand response and home area network (HAN) devices. Beyond smart energy, RFMD's ZigBee FEM family is also designed for industrial applications and any other wireless sensing and control applications that demand low power consumption, high performance and proven reliability.
RFMD's ZigBee FEM family includes the RF6525, RF6515 and RF6535, which are optimized to operate with the Ember EM300 Series system-on-chip (SoCs) - EM351 and EM357 - as well as Ember's EM250 SoC and EM260 network co-processor.
Bob Van Buskirk, President of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), said, "RFMD and Ember are leveraging each other's expertise to deliver high-performance, highly integrated ZigBee solutions that reduce design cycle times, lower costs and accelerate time-to-market. Large-scale smart energy projects are forecast to grow rapidly, with particular demand anticipated in low-power wireless IC technologies like ZigBee.
"By teaming with RFMD we are further simplifying ZigBee development for OEMs and bolstering our partner ecosystem to include a global leader in high performance RF components. Fine tuned to work with the Ember platform, RFMD's ZigBee FEMs deliver impressive size reduction and outstanding performance, thereby enabling faster, easier development of smart energy products worldwide," said Bob LeFort, Ember CEO.