When IcyTRX was released in 2012 it set a new level of performance for low power 2.4GHz RF IPs. The last two years have witnessed an explosion of demand for BLE-connected sensors, for sports, healthcare and wearable sensors, driving new demands for even higher performance solutions.
IcyTRX-65 is a 65nm CMOS version of the IcyTRX IP, offering even lower-power performance: 5 mA current consumption directly from a 1V battery, sensitivity of -97 dBm and a transmitter frequency synthesiser settling time of only 5 μsec, along with full BT4.1 compliance. IcyTRX-65 operates down to 0.9V, allowing the use of small coin-cell batteries. The unique architecture results in a highly integrated solution, with a die size of less than 2mm2, and no external matching components required. A flexible and programmable baseband offers a programmable data-rate up to 4 MB/sec and allows use with IEEE802.15.4 protocols (e.g. Zigbee) as well as with proprietary protocols.
IcyTRX-65 is silicon proven and available for license. It is fully characterised, exceeding the requirements of BT4.1, and samples and evaluation kits are available.