Radiocrafts Press Release
High Power 500mW Narrow-Band RF Module Targets
Long Range Applications
Radiocrafts AS, a leading RF module supplier, now expands their
product line with a high power narrow-band RF module for the European
RC1280HP, offering up to 500 mW output power for increased
range, is based on the RC1280 RF Transceiver Module for FSK operation
with embedded protocol. When used with quarter-wave antennas a line-of-sight
range of 5-6 km can be achieved. The new RC1280HP module uses the same
protocol and channels as the RC1280. Interoperation between RC1280 and
RC1280HP is therefore possible in a network with both long- and shorter
The module is pre-certified and CE marked for
operation under the European radio regulations for license-free use
in the 868 MHz band, operating in 3 channels in the sub-band at 869.400
– 869.650 MHz. Up to 10% duty-cycle (transmission ratio) is allowed
in this band. The new high power module can also be used outside this
sub-band if the power amplifier is disabled, reducing the output power
to less than 10 mW.
The RC1280HP module yields a high performance,
low power, two-way radio solution with an embedded RC232™ protocol supporting
point-to-multipoint networks. Based on narrow-band technology, the module
offers increased performance in terms of sensitivity, selectivity, data
integrity and range. The module contains a multi-channel transceiver
with a receiver sensitivity of -108 dBm at 4.8 kbit/s. With 30 dB adjacent
channel rejection, 40 dB alternate channel selectivity and outstanding
blocking properties, the module offers exceptional performance even
in a crowded and noisy environment.
The new module measure only
19.5 x 60.5 x 6.0 mm, and comes in a DIL-style package with 2.00 mm
pin pitch made for low profile board-to-board connection.
buffering, addressing and error check are all handled by the embedded
RC232™ protocol. A standard UART serial bus is the interface to the
host for both data communication and configuration.
applications include long range telemetry and remote control, automatic
meter reading (AMR), fleet and asset management, home-, building- and
industrial- automation, wireless security and alarm systems.
The new module’s major benefit is the extended communication range
in the 868 MHz band. More robust and reliable links are achieved, still
operating within the license-free band. The high power radio combined
with narrow-band technology meets the stringent requirements for license-free
operation in the 868 MHz band. OEM manufacturers without RF design knowledge
can now easily add a high performance long range wireless link to their
products, and significantly reduce time-to-market, development and certification
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