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SiTel Semiconductor has announced that it will launch an ultra-low-power Green CAT-iq IC concept at the DECT World and CAT-iq Conference 2009 in Amsterdam on 3-4 February 2009.

Green CAT-iq will enable chip solutions that reduce the power consumption of residential DECT systems.

It will also open up the possibility of new applications, such as wireless sensors and smoke alarms capable of running for up to 10 years on a single set of batteries, or even solar-powered cordless phones.

The recent upsurge in CAT-iq applications for the home has brought a wealth of consumer possibilities.

Devices such as smoke alarms, motion/temperature sensors, security cameras, display widgets, streaming audio terminals and remote controls can all be connected to a residential IAD alongside more familiar DECT handsets.

But as the number of cordless devices increases, the power consumption of each one must be tightly controlled to keep energy bills, disturbance for the user and environmental impact as low as possible.

In response, SiTel is developing a range of ultra-low-power CAT-iq single-chip baseband solutions.

Based on the company’s SC1448x single-ship architecture, the ICs will offer special ultra-low-power modes.

The reduced power consumption could potentially extend standby times by a factor of 10, and allow battery-powered terminals to operate for up to 10 years on a single set of (non-rechargeable) batteries.

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