January 13, 2011 13:21 ET

RFaxis/NXP Design Win Enables the World's Most Cost-Effective High-Power ZigBee Module From Maxx Tech Systems

Maxx Tech Half-Watt MiteeMote™ Module Based on the RFaxis RFX2401H RFeIC™ and NXP JN5148 SoC Is Best-in-Class for a Myriad of Rapidly Growing ZigBee Applications

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless and connectivity markets, today announced that its RFX2401H RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC™), combined with NXP's JN5148 System-on-a-Chip (SoC), enables the world's most cost-effective high-power ZigBee module from Maxx Tech Systems.

Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Maxx Tech Systems is a leading solution provider in the rapidly growing ZigBee market, serving a diversified customer base with applications including advanced metering, energy harvesting, intelligent lighting, building control, home automation, health care, asset management and crop monitoring. Maxx Tech Systems extends its family of low and medium output power range ZigBee modules with its highly anticipated high-power MiteeMote™ ZigBee module designed especially for reliability and robustness in multipath environments. This new MiteeMote™ is a microminiature module based on NXP's JN5148 wireless microcontroller SoC which supports JenNet, ZigBee PRO and IEEE 802.15.4, and comes complete with the RFaxis RFX2401H RFeIC™ and antennas so that customers can readily integrate the MiteeMote™ into their devices without any further RF design. By adopting the RFaxis RFX2401H, the MiteeMote™ is capable of delivering up to 27dBm (half-watt) maximum transmit power. On the receive side, a 6dB improvement in receive sensitivity is achieved by way of the RFX2401H on-chip integrated LNA. The combination of superior transmit power and receive sensitivity makes MiteeMote™ the best-in-class cost-effective high-performance ZigBee module today.

Ms. Ruenn Li, General Manager of Maxx Tech Systems, commented, "To provide our customers with performance-enhanced ZigBee module solutions for their ever growing number of applications, we have been searching for a cost-effective RF Front-end solution to replace our current complicated RF Front-end circuits hand-crafted from discrete components. A truly integrated single-chip/single-die 50-Ohm matched plug & play device in an ultra-small 3x3mm package, the RFaxis RFX2401H RFeIC™ provides all key RF functions needed for our MiteeMote™ ZigBee module. Furthermore, the RFX2401H on-die matching and filtering mitigates the need for convoluted matching circuits, thereby enabling us to reclaim dramatic amounts of PCB real estate. This allows implementation of advanced features, such as antenna diversity, which significantly enhances the operating range and throughput of the MiteeMote™, and ensures the robustness of its RF link, even in extremely harsh multipath environments. The RFaxis RFX2401H is truly a revolutionary ZigBee RF Front-end solution."

"Following multiple design-wins with our standard-power RFX2401 RFeIC™, now in volume production with several ZigBee solution providers, we are delighted that our high-power RFX2401H is delivering clear benefits to valued customers such as Maxx Tech Systems, and valued chipset vendors," said Mike Neshat, chairman and CEO of RFaxis. "Underlying all of our products are the consistent attributes of plug & play quality and robustness. As we continue to innovate new ways to eliminate the RF complexity from the product life cycle of wireless connectivity and mobility devices, we reinforce our commitment to the wireless ecosystem by delivering cost-effective high-performance RF solutions."

About RFaxis, Inc.
Incorporated in January 2008, RFaxis, Inc. is an Irvine, California-based company in the design and development of RF semiconductors and antenna solutions for connectivity and mobility applications. 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 and WHDI markets. Leveraging pure CMOS and BiCMOS silicon 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:

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