TRF4140-Q1 Automotive, Base Station IC |

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The TRF4140-Q1 low-frequency (LF) transceiver base station device is intended for immobilizer and PEPS systems to communicate with LF transponders, remote keyless entry, and passive entry devices. The antenna driver stage consists of four MOSFET antenna drivers to send modulated LF transmissions and a receiver for detection and demodulation of LF transponder responses. The HDX communication scheme uses frequency shift keying (FSK) as the uplink modulation. The device can drive LF antennas to provide a wake-up and data sequence (PEPS), and it can also receive transponder responses on any or all channels (immobilizer).

The TRF4140-Q1 device needs VDD supply (5 V) for its control blocks and to feed the integrated logic voltage regulator. The antenna driver is supplied separately by VDDH (4 V to 20 V). This voltage can be used to generate a sine-wave output signal for superior EMC performance, which is important for remote antenna applications with several meters of antenna cable.

The TRF4140-Q1 device manages all timings required for a communication sequence without the need for an accurate host controller interaction. In conjunction with transmit and receive FIFOs, the host controller is off-loaded from all timing-critical events, which enables easy host controller process scheduling. In particular, the host controller start-up process for an automotive body control module is tremendously relaxed by this base station device.

The TRF4140-Q1 device supports sequence preloading and sequence execution on external events to start the immobilization process exactly when the key fob is detected. So, delays due to configuration can be avoided in inconvenient time frames.


  • Benefits
    • Full Embedded Sequence Timing Controller Removes All Timing Constraints From the Host Controller
    • Automatic Sequence Repetition for Easy Implementation of Energy-Efficient Polling Systems
    • Separate Transmit and Receive Buffers Reduce Host Controller Performance Requirements
    • Embedded Sequence-Auto-Repeat Enables Low-Power Polling System Without Host Controller Interaction
    • Embedded Half-Duplex (HDX) Protocol Support Enables Flexible and Scalable System Implementation
    • Sine-Wave Controlled Transmitter Stages Enable High-Power Remote Antenna Systems With Cable Lengths of Several Meters and Superior EMC Performance
    • Sequence Preloading With Event-Triggered Execution for Fastest System Reaction Time
  • Features
    • Integrated Boost Controller for Wide Supply Voltage Range With Jump Start and Load Dump Protection
    • Antenna Driver With up to 20-V Peak-to-Peak Output Voltage Amplitude and up to 1-A Peak Antenna Current With Sine-Wave or Square-Wave Output
    • Flexible Host Control Interface
      • 4-Wire SPI
      • Configurable I/O Functions to Extend Controller Interface Such as an Interrupt Request Signal
      • Interface Voltage Supply Range From 2.5 V to 5.5 V
    • Ultra-Low Current Consumption in Sleep State
    • Fractional Synthesizer With 10-kHz to 500‑kHz Frequency Range With 60-Hz Step Size
    • PSK and ASK Transmitter Stage
    • FSK Receiver and Demodulator
    • Four Programmable Half-Bridge MOSFET Antenna Drivers
    • Pairs of Half-Bridge Antenna Drivers can be Used Together as a Full-Bridge Driver to Double the Possible Output Voltage Amplitude
    • Antenna Current Measurement With 5-Bit Resolution for High Side and Low Side of Antenna Driver Stages
    • Programmable Antenna Driver Output Voltage in Sine-Wave Mode
    • Supply-Controlled Antenna Driver Voltage in Square-Wave Mode
    • Output Stage is Overload Protected for Over-Current and Over-Temperature Conditions
    • Antenna Driver Diagnostics: Short to Ground, Short to Antenna Driver Supply Voltage, and Open-Load Detection
    • Supports On-Off Keying With Data Rates up to 70 kbps for Downlink and Uplink

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Part number Order Frequency Device type Standard Transmission principle Operating temperature range (C) Rating
TRF4140-Q1 Order now 134 KHz, 125 KHz     IC         HDX - FSK
-40 to 125     Automotive