Chipcon AS (Oslo, Norway) entered the 2.4-GHz wireless communications market with the announcement of an RF transceiver ICs for unlicensed applications. The transceiver complies with international regulations covered by EN 300 440 for Europe, CFR47 Part 15 for the United States, and ARIB STD-T66 for Japan for 2.4-GHz transmissions. The company's earlier product lines have targeted unlicensed applications in the 315-, 433-, 868-, and 915-MHz bands. Chipcon's model CC2400 2.4-GHz transceiver features low power consumption for data rates to 1 Mb/s. It features an on-board agile frequency synthesizer, low receiver sensitivity, direct in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) upconversion in transmit mode to enable long continuous transmissions, and support for burst transmissions. The transceiver IC, which is expected to sell for about $2.40 (US) in 100,000 piece quantities, is currently sampling and well suited for applications in home automation, automatic meter reading, alarm and security systems, and electronic toys.
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