Receiver IC ranges from 300-440 MHz.

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Housed in SOIC-8 package, QwikRadio® MICRF010 consumes 2.9 mA at 315 MHz and offers data rates up to 2.0 kbps. Recovery time from shutdown is typically 3 ms. Receiver is aimed at variety of applications in automotive, industrial, and consumer markets.

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Micrel Launches New 300-440MHz QwikRadio(R) Receiver

New MICRF010 Solution Provides 50 Percent Increase in Range, Smallest Packaging

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 3 -- Micrel Inc., (NASDAQ:MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth and Ethernet IC solutions, today launched the MICRF010, a new addition to the Company's QwikRadio(R) family. The IC features the same high-performance as Micrel's MICRF009, but in a smaller SOIC-8 package. It is aimed at a wide variety of applications in the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The MICRF010 is currently available in volume quantities. Pricing starts at $1.94 in 1K quantities.

"The global RF market continues to expand rapidly with new and innovative applications for RF technology," stated Scott Brown, director of Mixed-Signal and RF Products, Micrel. "With this trend, we have also seen an expanding need for increased range and smaller footprint to address more applications. Micrel's new MICRF010, the latest in Micrel's growing family of RF solutions, offers customers increased range, upgraded functionality and a smaller packaging option."

The MICRF010 features the highest level of integration in a low pin-count RF device. It offers sensitivity typically 6dB higher than earlier 8-pin QwikRadio receiver ICs in Micrel's RF product family. This increase in sensitivity equates to a 50 percent increase in range. The solution also offers quicker recovery from shutdown, typically 3ms. The IC has a frequency range of 300 to 440 MHz, a data rate up to 2.0kbps (Manchester encoding) and provides designers with low power consumption (2.9mA fully operational at 315MHz).

About Micrel, Inc.

Micrel Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities located in San Jose, CA with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web: .

NOTE: QwikRadio is a registered trademark of Micrel, Inc. The QwikRadio ICs were developed under a development agreement with AIT of Orlando, FL.

CONTACT: Julieanne DiBene, Marketing Communications of Micrel, Inc., +1-408-474-1276, or Web site:

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