Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth low energy-controlled mechanical switches enable remote operation of lighting and appliances without expensive retrofit

‘SwitchBot’ from WonderLabs employs Nordic’s nRF51822 and nRF52832 SoCs for wireless activation of switches and buttons via smartphone, or, for remote operation, via SwitchLink gateway

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that smart home robotics company, WonderLabs, Inc., has launched ‘SwitchBot’, a mechanical device for wirelessly controlling switches and buttons in the home, and ‘SwitchLink’, a Bluetooth® low energy “gateway” enabling remote operation of SwitchBot. SwitchBot employs Nordic’s multiple award-winning nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip (SoC) while SwitchLink is powered by the nRF52832 SoC.

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Peregrine Semiconductor PE42427 RF Switch

Courtesy of Peregrine Semiconductor

The PE42427 is an SPDT RF switch designed to cover a broad range of applications from 5 MHz to 6 GHz, including low spurious cable CPE applications. The PE42427 meets the stringent linearity and spurious emissions requirements for cable CPE DOCSIS 3.0/ 3.1 technology and delivers high linearity over key cable frequencies. Available in a small form factor QFN package, this reflective switch integrates onboard CMOS control logic with a low voltage CMOS-compatible control interface and requires no external components. View product details.

UltraCMOS® SPDT RF Switch

Diagram pe42427


The PE42427 is a HaRP™-enhanced SPDT RF switch designed to cover a broad range of applications from 5 MHz to 6 GHz, including low spurious cable CPE applications.  This reflective switch integrates on-board CMOS control logic with a low voltage CMOS-compatible control interface and requires no external components.

Function SPDT (R)
Type 50Ω or 75Ω
Description Low Insertion Loss
Min Freq (MHz) 5
Max Freq (MHz) 6000
Min IL (dB) 0.25
Max IL (dB) 0.9
Min Iso (dB) 17.0
Max Iso (dB) 44.0
P1/0.1dB (dBm) 34.0
IIP3 (dBm) 70
Package 12L QFN
Package (mm) 2×2


A few things you didn’t know about LTE

Courtesy of u-blox

LTE. Most of us know it as the technology that lets us watch our videos on our phone, but the truth is, there’s much more to it than that. While high speed smartphone connectivity is how most of us know LTE today, it isn’t just about higher speeds and video streaming.

Here are three things you probably didn’t know about LTE.

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By Sabrina Bochen
Senior Principal, Cellular Product Strategy, u-blox

Qorvo’s wide-ranging radar solutions

Courtesy of Qorvo

Qorvo’s wide-ranging radar solutions — including land, sea and airborne radar platforms such as the F-15, F-22 and the F-35 — all benefit from proven, highly reliable Qorvo technology.

Qorvo’s rich heritage supporting global defense and commercial needs is unmatched. Qorvo radar products connect and protect defense forces, commercial and defense aircraft, ships, satellites and other assets globally. Our products monitor global threats, track criminals, assess storm conditions, and coordinate your airspace.

Qorvo radar products afford customers flexibility in designing systems to fit unique requirements. Airborne radar platforms such as the F-15, F-22 and the F-35 all benefit from proven, highly reliable Qorvo technology. A variety of shipboard and ground-based radar platforms also use Qorvo’s high-performance portfolio of products and technologies.

Whether engagement is through foundry or standard products, Qorvo offers full transmit/receive (T/R) solutions that span frequencies from DC to 100 GHz with world-class power, efficiency, low noise figure and RF signal controls.

As a top supplier for the defense and aerospace industry, Qorvo, through its foundry in Richardson, TX, is an accredited Category 1A “Trusted Source” by the Department of Defense and completed the Defense Production Act Title III GaN-on-SiC program. According to the certification, the accreditation of trust expresses the confidence of the DoD Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) and the National Security Agency’s Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) that Qorvo’s facility will continue to deliver trusted foundry microelectronic goods and services to end users which meet mission critical needs now and into the future.

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RPMA Technology for the Machine Network by u-blox

Courtesy of u-blox

RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) is a wireless network designed exclusively for machine to machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. RPMA is available in over 29 countries around the globe.

Taoglas Powers Next-Generation Interactive Assistant from Lighthouse

Courtesy of Taoglas

High-efficiency Wi-Fi, Bluetooth antennas provide ultimate RF performance for next-generation interactive assistant for the home

SAN DIEGO – MAY 11, 2017 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna and RF solutions, today announced that Lighthouse has incorporated Taoglas antennas to connect its next-generation intelligent home security and monitoring device. The Lighthouse interactive assistant utilizes Taoglas’ FXP830 Freedom antenna to provide the performance it needs in a form factor that works with Lighthouse’s aesthetically pleasing design.

Freedom FXP830 2.4/4.9-6.0GHz Flexible PCB AntennaThe Lighthouse product is a Wi-Fi interactive assistant featuring a next-generation, state-of-the-art camera and sensing platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The Lighthouse service captures and interprets actions through the device, then utilizes a cloud-based intelligent platform to provide the owner with always-on, real-time awareness of what’s happening inside the home.

Taoglas’ FXP830 Freedom antenna is a high-efficiency, dual-band, dipole antenna for 2.4/4.9-6GHz band, supporting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The patent-pending antenna is ideal for squeezing into narrow spaces while maintaining high performance. The Freedom antenna is unique in the market because it is made from poly-flexible material and has double-sided 3M tape for easy “peel and stick” mounting.

Reliable connectivity to Wi-Fi within the home is a critical factor in the success of the Lighthouse product, and Lighthouse needed an antenna that could fit in “just the right spot” of the device, said Zach Brand, director of hardware at Lighthouse, “but also provide the ability to connect to the home’s Wi-Fi access point robustly and at a good range.”

“Because the Lighthouse system relies on always-on connectivity, we needed very high performance antennas. By using the Taoglas Freedom antennas, we ensure that we have an excellent antenna to minimize data and signal loss. It’s a world-class antenna for a world-class product.”

Because Lighthouse is a product designed for every home, Brand said that ease of installation and provisioning was critical. “People need to be able to place Lighthouse where it can see the important events in their home—no matter where their Wi-Fi access point is—and just have it always connect,” Brand said.

“Our users need that level of trust that the system will work all the time, everywhere in the home. The Taoglas antenna helps us bring that level of certainty to our customers.”

Lighthouse also needed custom cable lengths to connect the antennas, and Taoglas was able to quickly supply those using its Cable Wizard, its quick-turn custom cable and antenna assembly operation through its purpose-built, 16,000-foot facility in San Diego.

“Lighthouse is bringing the next generation of home intelligence to the market, and needed a high-performance, small form factor antenna to deliver always-on connectivity,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas. “Taoglas, via its advanced antenna designs, is proud to be enabling such a forward-looking company with the expertise and resources to bring this product to market.”

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Qorvo QPC1022

5 – 6000 MHz Low Distortion SPDT Switch

Key Features

  • 5MHz to 6GHz operation
  • Low Insertion Loss: 0.25dB at 2GHz

  • Harmonics:
    2fo of -106dBc at 1980MHz
    3fo of -94dBc at 1980MHz
  • High Isolation:
    56dB at 204MHz
    39dB at 2GHz
  • High IP3:
    76 dBm at 1.9GHz
  • Compatible with Low Voltage Logic
    (VHIGH Minimum = 1.3V)
  • No External DC Blocking Capacitors Required on RF Paths Unless DC is Applied Externally
  • 1000V HBM ESD rating on all ports


The QPC1022 is a single pole dual-throw (SPDT) switch designed for switching applications requiring very low insertion loss and high power handling capability with minimal DC power consumption. The excellent linearity performance achieved by the QPC1022 makes it ideal for use in cellular base. This switch offers very high isolation between RF ports providing greater separation between transmit and receive paths. The QPC1022 is packaged in a very compact 1.1mm x 1.5mm x 0.375mm (typical) 9-Pin LGA package.


Switch Type SPDT
Frequency Min(MHz) 5
Frequency Max(MHz) 6,000
Insertion Loss(dB) 0.25
IIP3(dBm) 76
Package Type 9-pin LGA
Package(mm) 1.1 x 1.5 x 0.375


Product Data Sheet

Rev B – 07/15/2016

Typical Applications

    • Cellular BTS
    • Post PA Switching
    • General Purpose Switching Applications

u-blox introduces ultra small RPMA module for the Machine Network™

Courtesy of u‑blox

The SARA S200 offers significant size and cost savings for secure and robust M2M and IoT wireless applications.

SARA‑S200Thalwil, Switzerland – May 15, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced SARA‑S200, one of the smallest modules for the Machine Network™, based on RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access), a low‑power wide‑area (LPWA) technology.

The Machine Network is a wireless network built by Ingenu, the creators of RPMA technology, exclusively for Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Operating in the globally license free 2.4 GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band, RPMA is at the heart of secure wireless networks operating in over 20 countries around the world.

u‑blox has successfully ported the proven technology used in its first‑generation RPMA modules and made it 65 percent smaller. SARA‑S200 delivers significant cost and size optimizations ideal for application in the Smart Meter, Smart Building, Gas & Oil, Asset/Personnel Tracking and Agricultural industries.

As the second generation module developed by u‑blox in association with Ingenu, SARA‑S200 builds on the companies’ strategic partnership, which began in September 2016 and was quickly cemented with the introduction of u‑blox’s first module for the Machine Network, the NANO‑S100.

Andreas Thiel, Executive Vice President and Co‑Founder of u‑blox, commented: “Ingenu’s patented RPMA technology offers significant advantages to a great variety of IoT applications, such as excellent in‑building range and AES 128bit security encryption. With autonomous adaptation, the Machine Network delivers interference‑free operation and the best performance and reliability in real‑world applications. By bringing the SARA‑S200 to market we can now deliver these outstanding features in the SARA footprint; our most popular form‑factor.”

Measuring just 16 mm by 26 mm by 2.3 mm in a Land Grid Array (LGA) package, SARA‑S200 provides an easy migration between other u‑blox form factors and cellular technologies thanks to nested design. Its low‑power design (50 µW average power consumption in sleep mode) means it can operate for 10 years or longer from a single battery.

The modules will be manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified facilities with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and a secure design that meets NERC CIP and other industry‑mandated critical infrastructure requirements. The SARA‑S200 has been designed for industrial applications and offers an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C.

John Horn, CEO of Ingenu, said: “Our strategic partnership with u‑blox is further strengthened by the introduction of SARA‑S200. It will give our partners the option of a fully compliant RPMA module with the same outstanding performance, in a significantly smaller format. The introduction of the SARA‑S200 module will help enable a new generation of IoT applications.”

u‑blox and Ingenu will showcase the SARA‑S200 during Internet of Things World at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA (May 16‑18 2017). Please visit u‑blox at the Ingenu booth 1704 to see the SARA‑S200. The first prototypes will be available in June 2017.

About ublox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.


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u‑blox contact:

Rado Sustersic, Product Manager, Product Center Cellular, u‑blox

Tel. +39 040 2603 869


Taoglas: 5G We’re Delivering

Courtesy of Taoglas

In a move to accelerate the launch of 5G wireless communications networks around the world, Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna and RF solutions, unveiled its new series of 5G massive MIMO antenna arrays, designed to allow customers to provide the fastest and best user experiences for the next generation of wireless communications.


Courtesy of WiSOL:

WiSOL Sigfox Connectivity Module, RCZ2 (North America)

Most compact size module for RCZ2


  • Size: 13.0×20.0x2.3mm
  • Chipset : AX-SFUS-1-01/ ON Semiconductor
  • Tx Frequency : 902.2MHz
  • Rx Frequency : 905.2MHz
  • Data rate : 600bps
  • Tx Output Power : +24dBm(max.)@600bps
  • Rx Sensitivity : -129dBm(min.)@600bps
  • Current : @+3.3V
    • Tx : 200mA(typ.), Rx : 40mA(max)
  • Input Voltage : +2.7V~+3.6V

TCXO is used on the module to keep the frequency tolerance for operational bands all over the product life

The SFM10R2 Sigfox Only mode module is a miniaturized module (13.0 x 20.0 x 2.21 mm) for Zone2 (North America). The module has an integrated MCU as well as an integrated RF transceiver and supports UART for external communication.

TCXO is used on the module to keep the frequency tolerance for operational bands all over the product life





Commercially Available


Downloadable resources :

  • WISOL_Sigfox_Single_Mode_Module_PoC.pdf

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Technical specs :

Dimensions (in mm) 13 x 20 x 2.21
Weight 1.1 gr
Power Supply From 3V to 3.6V
Power Consumption
200 mA
2 μA
Max Tx Radiated Power
+22 dBm
Rx Sensitivity
-129 dBm