Low-power RF transceiver targets cost-sensitive consumer applications

Low-power RF transceiver targets cost-sensitive consumer applications

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Further, the transceivers also support ZigBee RF4CE, a specification designed to control a wide range of wireless consumer products including remote controls for home entertainment devices, human interface devices such as mice and keyboards, and 3D glasses.

Applications in the high-volume portable consumer segment, including key fobs, remote controls for toys and game consoles, require very low-power transceivers to extend the overall battery life of the device. The AT86RF232 transceiver offers 50 percent lower power than the competition. It supports automatic antenna diversity to improve RF performance and link reliability. Additionally, the transceiver includes onboard AES encryption for secure wireless end-to-end communication.

The AT86RF232 transceiver offers a voltage range of 1.8 V to 3.6 V, -100 dBm in sensitivity and an output power of 3 dBm for extended battery life in various applications. The device also offers a receiver current consumption of 11.8 mA, transceiver current consumption of 13.8 mA, antenna diversity and AES encryption. All these features are important to offer a robust wireless transceiver for high-volume consumer applications.

The AT86RF232 transceiver is available with the REB232ED-EK evaluation kit which includes two AT86RF232 radio evaluation boards, combined with an Atmel ATXmega256A3 microcontroller. These boards come with free downloadable evaluation software from: These evaluation boards and transceiver are also ideal for designers moving towards ZigBee RF4CE and ZigBee Remote Control profiles.

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