Press Release Summary:
Built to provide OEMs with license-free RF communications over distances up to 15 km, 868 MHz spread spectrum transceiver, Model AC4868 delivers up to 250 mW of output power and data rates up to 76,000 bps. RF232(TM) transparent protocol enables seamless cable-to-transceiver replacement and supports point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, or peer-to-peer communications. Dynamic serial firmware manages error detection, multi-path concerns, link verification, and interference.
Original Press Release:
Europe-based Wireless Products Benefit from AeroComm's New Long-range 868MHz RF Module
Lenexa, Kansas (USA) - August 8, 2005 - AeroComm Inc., global supplier of complete wireless solutions for industrial and commercial OEMs, announces its 868MHz spread spectrum transceiver for products delivered to Europe. AeroComm is one of a few select companies to gain approval for an RF solution that operates in this highly restricted European band. On the date of its release, more than twenty expectant manufacturers have already designed the AC4868 transceiver into their products.
Built to provide OEMs with license-free RF communications over long distances - up to 15 kilometres - AC4868 becomes the essential, affordable alternative to products operating in the saturated 433MHz band. Priced at hundreds of dollars less than competing solutions, it is the only 868MHz transceiver to deliver up to 250 milliwatts of output power (EIRP) -- the maximum allowed in Europe. Hence AC4868 is ideally suited for highly industrial applications where reliable long-range deployment is crucial.
AeroComm's robust transparent protocol (RF232(TM)) - which enables seamless cable-to-transceiver replacement - has been embedded into AC4868s to support a host of communication architectures: point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, or peer-to-peer. AC4868's dynamic serial firmware manages difficult over-the-air issues, such as error detection, multi-path concerns, link verification, and interference.
As with all of AeroComm's transceiver products, the AC4868 module will operate over the industrial temperature range of -40° to +85° C. Full "CE" approval lets OEMs to use the transceiver in mobile and fixed product applications without additional licensing. AC4868 will also accept a wide input voltage range of 3.3 to 5.5V. Flexible data rates reach 76,000 bits per second.
"AeroComm designed the AC4868 with the European OEM in mind," said Randy Macke, AeroComm's International Sales Manager. "The module is not only extremely low cost - making it a genuinely practical alternative to 433MHz radios - but it also simplifies the integration process by enabling wireless product development without further licensing requirements."
"Using higher levels of circuit integration, AC4868 employs our already acclaimed AC4490 900MHz module's form factor -- maximizing our economies-of-scale and allowing us to pass significant cost savings on to the OEM", added John Eckart, AeroComm's Vice President of Sales. "In fact, global suppliers are often excited to learn that all of our AC4000-series modules are plug-compatible, from 2.4GHz to 900MHz and now 868MHz. Now manufacturers can design globally and comply locally."
The transceiver modules are aimed at designers/manufacturers of industrial or commercial products that currently use alternative methods of communication, such as infrared, serial/wired, memory card download, or other less sophisticated wireless means. AC4486s are suitable for a wide range of applications including vending, meter reading, gaming, signage, automotive, recreation, point of sale, fleet management, lighting control and security. Pricing starts at under $85, with volume pricing as low as $60.
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Based in Kansas, AeroComm has played a major role in the RF industry for over a decade with consistent technological advances in both performance and price. The company's robust proprietary technology, manufacturing and testing guarantee reliable communication, while lower frequencies and fewer parts allow for reduced prices. AeroComm's comprehensive development tools and personal engineering support help OEMs reduce R&D schedules, expenses and uncertainties while accelerating time to market.