Radiocrafts introduced the RC2500-RC232 and RC2500HP-RC232 modules. The RC2500-RC232 and RC2500HP-RC232 are multi-channel RF transceivers with embedded protocol. RC2500 is below $10 (USD) in volume. RC2500HP includes a range extension LNA and 100mW PA. The new modules are ideal for M2M communication, sensor, and control networks. Modules and demo kits are available now.
The module is a complete RF system solution including a high performance multi-channel FSK radio transceiver and a packet protocol handler, with an easy-to-use UART interface. The embedded RC232 protocol provides a point-to-multipoint solution with individual addressing or broadcast, and CRC check for signal integrity. The module can also be used as a wireless RS232 / RS485 cable replacement.
The compact modules, measuring only 12.7 x 25.4 x 3.3 mm, makes up a complete RF modem in one single tiny package, replacing tens of components compared to a discrete design. No external components are required, except an antenna. The modules are delivered on tape and reel for efficient volume production. It’s small size and low power consumption makes it ideal for integration into size constrained battery operated equipment.
The modules are based on a new very low cost platform, and have been developed for volume applications with a price target of less than USD 10 at 50k. The new modules are pin compatible with the RC11x0 series giving the customer a complete range of replaceable modules at 433, 868, 915 and 2450 MHz.
The RC2500-RC232 and RC2500HP-RC232 (set to 10 mW) are pre-certified for operation under the European radio regulations for license-free use. When used with quarter-wave antennas a line-of-sight range of 1000 and 3500 meters, respectively, can be achieved at low data rates. Both modules are also designed for operation under the FCC regulations.
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