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RFaxis Launches Industry's First RF Front-End Integrated Circuits
New Single-Chip, Single-Die, BiCMOS Solutions Address Bluetooth, WLAN, MIMO and Zigbee Designs
By: Marketwired .
May. 28, 2009 11:00 AM
TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- (Marketwire) -- 05/28/09 -- COMPUTEX -- RFaxis, an Irvine, California-based fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless and connectivity markets, today announced that it is readying its first two chips for debut: the RFX2401 and RFX2402.
Launching in conjunction with Computex, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world, RFaxis' single-chip, single-die, RFX2401 and RFX2402 are poised to replace conventional larger, multi-die front-end modules. Leveraging BiCMOS technology, RFaxis' chips are designed to reduce the complexity of wireless designs, lower manufacturing costs via a smaller footprint and reduced bill of materials cost, accelerate time to market, provide superior performance for a competitive advantage, and are ultra low power to offer improved power efficiency over conventional front-end module technologies.
The RFX2401 is the first and only fully integrated, single-chip, single-die Bluetooth/Zigbee RFeIC (RF Front-end Integrated Circuit) on the market. The chip's architecture integrates the PA, LNA, transmit and receive switching circuitry, the associated matching network, and the harmonic filter all in a BiCMOS single-chip, single-die device. Designed for use in Bluetooth Class-1 and Single-Port Zigbee applications, the RFX2401 combines superior performance, high sensitivity and efficiency, low noise, small form factor, and low cost to form an ideal solution for applications requiring extended range and bandwidth with a potential 10x range increase. With an integrated power detect circuit, the RFX2401 requires only one external power supply capacitor and the desired band-pass filter for the TX-RX port.
Featuring the same leading edge architecture and features as the RFX2401, the RFX 2402 WLAN RFeIC is designed for use in 802.11x and Dual-Port Zigbee applications operating at 2.4GHz. Ideal for single antenna applications and/or the building block for MIMO applications, the RFX2402 also requires the same minimal external components as the RFX2401.
"In the midst of a burgeoning wireless market and at a time when the economic climate demands efficient expenditures, RFaxis was founded with one mission in mind: to create highly integrated semiconductor solutions that will reduce cost while simultaneously boosting performance," noted Mike Neshat, president and CEO of RFaxis. "We have effectively reduced the complexity of wireless designs, making our breakthrough technology a compelling value proposition to OEMs."
RFaxis has signed up key distributors in Asia as noted in their recent announcement: RFaxis Enters Into Channel Partnerships With Distributors in Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea.
The RFX2401 and RFX2402 are now sampling. During Computex, RFaxis will be hosting a hospitality suite at the Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel. For more information on scheduling an appointment, please go to http://www.rfaxis.com/press/events.php. For more company and product information, please visit www.rfaxis.com.
About RFaxis, Inc.
Incorporated in January 2008, RFaxis, Inc. is an Irvine, California-based company specializing in the design and development of RF semiconductors. With its patent pending technologies, the company leads the way in next-generation wireless solutions designed for the multibillion dollar Bluetooth, WLAN, 802.11n/MIMO, Zigbee, WiMAX, WHDI, and mobile phone (CDMA/WCDMA/EDGE/Evolved EDGE/LTE-3G/GSM) markets. Leveraging BiCMOS technology in conjunction with its own innovative approach and technology, RFaxis is home to the world's first RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC). More information can be found at: www.rfaxis.com.
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