Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity, and Ember, a leader in ZigBee® technology, announced that they are partnering to develop the industry’s first portfolio of ZigBee front-end modules (FEM) targeting applications such as smart meters in energy management, home area networks (HAN), and industrial automation. ZigBee is a wireless network standard that solves the unique needs of remote monitoring and control, and sensor-network applications.
“Skyworks’ partnership with Ember accelerates our efforts in the energy management industry by more than doubling our addressable market for front-end modules,” said Stan Swearingen, Skyworks’ vice president and general manager of Linear Products. “By integrating our front-end modules with Ember’s ZigBee silicon, we are offering our customers a high performance plug-and-play solution that is truly unmatched worldwide.”
“Ember and Skyworks are teaming together to create the industry’s first ZigBee FEM that dramatically reduces component size, cost and power consumption,” said Bob Gohn, Ember’s vice president of marketing. “We are making it easier than ever for our customers to deliver exceptional performance in their products across a wide range of ZigBee-based applications.”
West Technology Research Solutions (WTRS) is forecasting the ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 market to grow at an annual rate of over 117 percent – from approximately 8.4 million units shipped in 2007 to as many as 516 million in 2012.
About the EM250 & EM260
Ember’s EM250 system-on-chip (SoC) along with the EmberZNet PRO networking stack is the industry’s only true SoC platform supporting the ZigBee PRO Feature Set. The EM250 integrates an IEEE 802.15.4 radio, a 16-bit microprocessor, flash, random access memory (RAM) and peripherals delivering excellent performance at a low system cost.
Ember’s EM260 is the industry’s first ZigBee network co-processor that combines a 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radio transceiver with a flash-based microprocessor running the EmberZNet PRO ZigBee stack. The EM260 delivers unparalleled flexibility allowing developers to easily add ZigBee networking to their preferred application microprocessor via a fast SPI/UART interface.
The EM250 and EM260 chips are tightly integrated with EmberZNet PRO – Ember’s “ZigBee Golden Unit” platform – and are optimized for designs requiring long battery life, low external component count, and a reliable, proven, industry-standard networking solution. Innovative on-chip debugging combined with Ember’s InSight tools provide developers with the most advanced views into their application and network available in the industry.
About the SKY65336 and SKY65337
The SKY65336 is a high efficiency 8 x 8 millimeter (mm) multi-chip module (MCM) FEM for ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band applications. The FEM is comprised of a selectable transmit and receive (Tx/Rx) path. The Tx path incorporates a harmonic filter and high efficiency PA which delivers 20 dBm at the module’s output port. The Rx path includes a low noise amplifier (LNA) which boasts a total Rx path noise figure of 1.9 dB, including switch loss. Both Tx and Rx paths integrate baluns to provide differential ports to Ember’s EM250 and EM260 transceivers.
The SKY65337 is a FEM that is footprint compatible with the SKY65336, with the LNA removed for applications which require lower cost. The Tx path delivers 20 dBm of high efficiency output power, while balanced input and outputs ports have been provided to connect to the EM250 and EM260.
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About the ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The goal of the alliance is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into everyday devices. ZigBee technology will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide. For the first time, companies will have a standards-based wireless platform optimized for the unique needs of remote monitoring and control applications, including simplicity, reliability, low-cost and low-power.
Ember and Skyworks at Autovation 2008
Ember and Skyworks will be showcasing their ZigBee solution in Booth 931 at Autovation 2008, being held Sept. 7-10 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.
About Ember Corporation
Ember Corporation develops ZigBee wireless networking technology that enables companies involved in energy technologies – enertech – to help make buildings and homes smarter, consume less energy, operate more efficiently, and keep people comfortable and safe. Ember’s low-power wireless technology can be embedded into a wide variety of devices to be part of a self-organizing mesh network. Ember is headquartered in Boston and has its radio development center in Cambridge, England, and distributors worldwide. The company is a promoter and Board member of the ZigBee Alliance and its platform is the “Golden Suite” for 802.15.4/ZigBee interoperability testing.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity. The company’s power amplifiers, front-end modules and direct conversion radios are at the heart of many of today’s leading-edge multimedia handsets. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks also offers a diverse portfolio of linear products that support automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, industrial and medical applications. Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Skyworks is worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Skyworks and Skyworks Solutions are trademarks or registered trademarks of Skyworks Solutions, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Ember, Ember Enabled, EmberZNet, InSight and the Ember logo are trademarks of Ember Corporation. ZigBee is a trademark of the ZigBee Alliance.