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TI introduces highly integrated, cost-effective RF range extender for 2.4-GHz low-power wireless networks

Device extends range up to 8 times, works with all 2.4-GHz products from TI

Oct 3, 2008

DALLAS (October 3, 2008) - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced a highly integrated, cost-effective radio frequency (RF) range extender for 2.4-GHz wireless applications, such as ZigBee&#174 networks, wireless sensor networks and industrial, consumer and audio equipment. The CC2590 extends range up to eight times the line-of-sight by integrating a power amplifier for improved typical output power of +12 dBm and a low-noise amplifier for improved receiver sensitivity of +6 dB. (See www.ti.com/CC2590-pr.)

In addition to a power amplifier and low-noise amplifier, the CC2590 integrates switches, RF-matching, inductors and balun, which simplifies high-performance designs and enables customers to develop a high output power wireless solution with very few external components.

The CC2590 provides a seamless interface to all of TI's existing and future 2.4-GHz RF transceivers, transmitters and system-on-chip products for improved RF performance, simplified development and reduced time-to-market. The CC2590 also complements the recently introduced CC2591, which extends range up to 15 times line-of-sight with up to +22 dBm output power.

TI's low-power RF product portfolio features unmatched performance, flexibility and customization so customers can differentiate their wireless designs. In addition to industry-leading hardware, TI provides best-in-class software, tools, application knowledge and worldwide technical support to help low-power RF designers win in the marketplace.

Availability and packaging

The CC2590 is available now from TI and its authorized distributors in a 4 mm x 4 mm QFN-16 package. Suggested resale pricing starts at $2.25 in 1,000-piece quantities. Customers can start development today with the CC2590EMK evaluation module kit priced at only $99.00 (US$).

Low-Power RF online community

TI' new Low-Power RF online community is an excellent opportunity to freely and openly interact with fellow engineers, TI engineers and other experts in order to ask questions, share knowledge, explore ideas and help solve problems. Go to www.ti.com/lprf-forum to sign-up, subscribe to a forum and start exploring the Low-Power RF community today.

Low-Power RF developer network

TI's Low-Power RF developer network makes low-power RF design easier by enabling customers to find a suitable partner to assist with hardware design, modules, embedded software, gateways, commissioning tools and more. The Low-Power RF developer network consists of recommended companies, RF consultants and independent design houses that provide a series of hardware module products and design services (www.ti.com/lprfnetwork).