7/29/2003 - One of the main difficulties of developing a straightforward, low cost wireless link for manufacturers is the required level of RF knowledge. Many applications would be cheaper to deploy and operate and be more flexible and functional if they could be linked by RF. At first sight this might suggest a high level of technical expertise in RF design is required for a system implementation. The EZ-Link-RF, however, shows an application based on an RF module solution where all of the key RF design issues have already been taken care of, including pre-certification. This enables a working RF application to be quickly implemented without detailed RF system design expertise.
The EZ-Link-RF Development Solution from Future Electronics will allow manufacturers to quickly develop a simple and inexpensive RS-232 data to RF-out solution, based upon a XEMICS/LS Research FCC pre-certified XM1202 RF transceiver module coupled with a microcontroller module. The kit includes everything required to get started including software tools for the flash-based microcontrollers. As part of the EZ-Link-RF the XEMICS' RF module illustrates the ease of integration with other key suppliers, to create a complete RF link. Customers interested in registering for a chance to receive a free EZ-LINK-RF development solution should go to www.FutureElectronics.com/rf "XEMICS is committed to Future's new EZ-LINK-RF program featuring our XE1202 transceiver as we feel it is a powerful "Total Solution" based development platform for customers requiring an RF communication link." Tom Hoyt, XEMICS' VP Sales.
XEMICS' latest RF module reference designs have been developed so that the customer can take the radio design and drop it right into their PCB or build a separate module, with the confidence that the radio will meet FCC/CE/ETSI certification. This has been achieved through a strategic technical alliance with LS Research, who recently completed two other radio designs for the XE1202 transceiver, an ETSI compliant 868MHz reference design module targeted for Europe, and an ETSI/FCC 433MHz reference design targeted for Asia. LS Research is an RF design partner and compliance facility working closely with XEMICS to provide powerful solutions for customers.
The XE1202 can transmit and receive data from as low as 4.8kbps right up to 76.8kbps, RF output power can be programmed up to +15dBm (31.5mW) and the current consumption while in reception mode is 12mA. The on-chip frequency synthesizer ensures that the chip can handle multi-channel as well as frequency hopping spread-spectrum communications.
The XE1202 can operate in both European (868MHz - 870MHz) and North American (902MHz - 928MHz) as well as Asian frequency bands. The programmable on-chip filters allow for dynamic switching between narrow-band and wide-band operations, without any modifications to the external RF front-end design.
ABOUT Future Electronics
Future Electronics, a global leader in electronics distribution, ranks 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has emerged as one of the most important entities in the electronics distribution industry and today, is recognized around the globe as one of the industry's most innovative organizations. This position is built upon Future's commitment to maintain close business partnerships with both suppliers and customers, coupled with the strength of its commercial and technical competencies through all stages of the design-production cycle. The company employs 5,000 employees in 155 offices in 35 countries around the world. Future Electronics' web site can be accessed at www.FutureElectronics.com
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