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ON Semiconductor Broadens Its RF Communications Capabilities into Sub One Gigahertz Bands

November 3, 2015
By Business Wire News


ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, has expanded its wireless portfolio to include high performance, low power consumption, sub 1 gigahertz (GHz) RF devices through the acquisition of AXSEM AG. The devices enable wireless connectivity and support advanced functionality in the IoT, automatic meter reading, home automation, sensor networks and satellite communication markets.

The AX5043 narrow-band, ultra-low power RF transceiver delivers class-leading performance with a unique combination of ultra-low power consumption for transmit and receive operations along with high sensitivity and high selectivity. Its programmable radio architecture enables configuration to many wireless communication standards and protocols. Customers may also implement proprietary protocols.

The AX8052Fxx family of RF-Microcontrollers is specifically designed to enable one chip radio solutions for all levels of complexity. The AX8052F143 provides an ultra-low power single chip solution with flexibility appropriate for the IoT market and is also compatible with the paging standards WM-BUS, POCSAG and FLEX, while the AX8052F151 is the solution for Sub-1 GHz ZigBee and 6LoWPAN.

The AX-Sigfox and AX-Sigfox-API are one chip solutions for a node on the Sigfox network. Sigfox addresses the need for nationwide coverage and ultra-low power consumption for transmitting and receiving the smallest amounts of data that cannot be addressed by established standards such as General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). The AX-Sigfox device is fully programmed for immediate operation while the AX-Sigfox-API chip allows the user to add additional software.

In addition, available development tools enable simple and fast implementation of wireless communications solutions. The DVK-2 and F143_Mini_DVK kits are supported by a suite of software tools consisting of code generators for full RF application C-code and an integrated development environment with source code debugger and free C-compiler.

“The importance and rapid growth in the wireless technology area are being accentuated by the almost limitless quantity and diversity of IoT applications,” said Ryan Cameron, vice president, Industrial and Timing products at ON Semiconductor. “AXSEM AG is a leader in the ultra-low power wireless communication segment. We are very excited to enhance our existing capabilities by offering these products and technologies that truly complement our existing portfolio and strengthen our value proposition in this area.”

ON Semiconductor currently offers a wide range of low power, fully integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions to support the implementation of wireless networks with a minimal number of components. One such example is the NCS36510 2.4 GHz RF transceiver which integrates RAM and FLASH memory for data and program storage respectively. The company supports a long list of key industry protocols and standards through its devices including: SigFox, KNX, EnOcean, ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Stacks, WirelessHart, 6LoWPAN, and Thread.

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About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power and signal management, logic, standard and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical and military/aerospace applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit

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