Broadening the company’s transceiver offerings, the SX1233 programmable ISM-band transceiver combines what Semtech is claiming as the world’s highest bit rate at 600 kb/s with a world-class link budget of 137 dB. The device exhibits high receive sensitivity and a high transmitter output power, programmable in 1 dB steps. Other features include a blocking immunity of 80 dB, smart automatic frequency control engine, constant RF performance over a 1.8V to 3.6V operating range, VCO tank, PLL loop filter, an RF switch, and an integrated packet engine that offloads RF packetization from a MCU. The SX1233 has a frequency range of 290 MHz to 1020 MHz and is certified for worldwide regulations including European (ETSI EN 300-220-1), North American (FCC part 15), and Korean/Japanese ARIB regulatory standards. It also supports global modulation formats (FSK, GFSK, MSK, GMSK, OOK, etc.). Price is $1.87 each/3,000. SEMTECH CORP., Camarillo, CA (805) 498-2111.