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Radio Module Family Offers E-OEM Designers Industry's 'Simplest' RF Implementation

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 7:42am
Anaren, Inc. announced today that it has launched a family of Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules designed for the broad electronics market. Working closely with Texas Instruments as a member of the TI Developer Network, Anaren developed the five-module AIR family to provide a more elegant, FCC Certified, 'plug and play' RF solution to electronic engineers challenged with adding wireless capability to new or existing devices. Available in two standard sizes (9 x 12 x 2.5 mm and 9 x 16 x 2.5 mm), each module's footprint is smaller than a postage stamp.

The AIR modules solution from Anaren can even help an E-OEM eliminate the major time and resource demands necessary to securing an FCC certification: AIR modules come pre-certified, which can save the customer money and help minimize time-to-market.

Applications for AIR modules range from industrial control, building automation, and low-power sensor networks -- to lighting and equipment and appliances intended for inclusion in smart-grid scenarios (e.g. automated meter reading).

Leveraging Anaren's 40+ years in microwave/RF technology and Texas Instruments' renowned semiconductor technology, the AIR module product family offers:

•Easy integration and implementation on existing or newly-designed two-layer PCB

•Virtually no RF engineering experience necessary

•Tiny 9 x 12 x 2.5mm and 9 x 16 x 2.5mm footprints, across product family

•FCC Part 15 and Industry Canada RSS-210 compliant, with no additional "Intentional Radiator" certification required

•Choice of embedded or connectorized antenna

•100% RF-testing

•Low power consumption

•Choice of frequencies to match an OEM's application:

-- A1101R04C: 433-434.4MHz FCC compliant; device operating range 400-450MHz

-- A1101R09A and A1101R09C: 902-928 MHz

-- A1101R08C: 868 MHz

-- A2500R24A and A2500R24C: 2400-2483.5 MHz.

Offering same-day conductivity -- test boards are available to easily evaluate each module's performance, using Texas Instruments EM Development Kits (CC1101DK and CC2500DK) and eZ-430 Development Kits.

AIR modules are supplied on tape and reel for easy integration into automated assembly systems.

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