Acquisition extends RF portfolio to sub-1GHz range

5th November 2015
Posted By : Barney Scott
Acquisition extends RF portfolio to sub-1GHz range

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has expanded its wireless portfolio to include high performance, low power consumption, sub-1GHz RF devices through the acquisition of AXSEM AG. The devices enable wireless connectivity and support advanced functionality in the IoT, automatic meter reading, home automation, sensor networks and satellite communication markets.

The AX5043 narrow-band, ultra-low power RF transceiver delivers class-leading performance with a unique combination of ultra-low power consumption for transmit and receive operations along with high sensitivity and high selectivity. Its programmable radio architecture enables configuration to many wireless communication standards and protocols. Customers may also implement proprietary protocols.

The AX8052Fxx family of RF-Microcontrollers is specifically designed to enable one chip radio solutions for all levels of complexity. The AX8052F143 provides an ultra-low power single chip solution with flexibility appropriate for the IoT market and is also compatible with the standards WM-BUS, POCSAG and FLEX, while the AX8052F151 is the solution for Sub-1GHz ZigBee and 6LoWPAN.

The AX-Sigfox and AX-Sigfox-API are one chip solutions for a node on the Sigfox network. Sigfox addresses the need for nationwide coverage and ultra-low power consumption for transmitting and receiving the smallest amounts of data that cannot be addressed by established standards such as GPRS and LTE. The AX-Sigfox device is fully programmed for immediate operation while the AX-Sigfox-API chip allows the user to add additional software.

In addition, available development tools enable simple and fast implementation of wireless communications solutions. The DVK-2 and F143_Mini_DVK kits are supported by a suite of software tools consisting of code generators for full RF application C-code and an integrated development environment with source code debugger and free C-compiler.

“The importance and rapid growth in the wireless technology area is being accentuated by the almost limitless quantity and diversity of IoT applications,” said Ryan Cameron, Vice President, Industrial and Timing Products, ON Semiconductor. “AXSEM AG is a leader in the ultra-low power wireless communication segment.  We are very excited to enhance our existing capabilities by offering these products and technologies that truly complement our existing portfolio and strengthen our value proposition in this area.”

ON Semiconductor currently offers a wide range of low power, fully integrated SoC solutions to support the implementation of wireless networks with a minimal number of components. One such example is the NCS36510 2.4GHz RF transceiver which integrates RAM and FLASH memory for data and programme storage respectively. The company supports a long list of key industry protocols and standards through its devices including: SigFox, KNX, EnOcean, ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Stacks, WirelessHart, 6LoWPAN, and Thread.

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