Microchip Technology ISM Band Sub-GHz Transceiver Radio
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced from the Sensors Expo in Chicago the expansion of its RF Products Division wireless portfolio with the new MRF49XA Sub-GHz transceiver radio. The MRF49XA covers the 434/868/915 MHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Radio Frequency (RF) band, which is ideal for low data-rate, low-power embedded wireless applications. 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 new MRF49XA transceiver is a great addition to our current rfPIC family of sub-GHz solutions, and expands our overall wireless portfolio beyond 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee products,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s RF Products Division.
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 today at http://www.microchipDIRECT.com.
Microchips full suite of world-class development tools further enables easy integration of the MRF49XA transceiver radio with more than 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.
Availability and Pricing
Samples are available now in 16-pin TSSOP packaging, and 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.