Radio modem simplifies long range telemetry in Europe

May 30, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The latest Radiometrix FPL3 radio modem simplifies the design of long range wireless appliances that can be marketed in any European country.

This highly integrated multi-channel radio with 400 mW RF output power operates in the 869.4 to 869.65 MHz frequency band, which is the only band permitted for license-free operation at up to 500 mW in all EU countries.
 
The FPL3 features a built-in modem that minimises demand for external components. In addition, the modem has inverted-RS232 serial interfaces at 5-V CMOS voltage level, which enables direct connection to a UART or host microcontroller without a driver or level shifter. The FPL3 also integrates firmware for managing data timing and formatting at the radio interface, which saves the user keying the transmitter on or off and ensures dependable link latency.
 
With maximum serial data rate of 9600 baud and radio range of more than 3km, depending on operating conditions, the FPL3 is a strong choice for new designs such as security systems, fire-warning systems, industrial controls or telemetry, asset tracking, and control of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

The eight-channel radio is programmed for 869.475 MHz and 869.565 MHz in the EU, with channels 4-7 set to 869.50 MHz for backward compatibility. The 67- x 30- x 12-mm module operates from a single 5-V supply, and draws 50 mA in receive mode and 500 mA when transmitting at 400 mW (+26 dBm) RF output power.
 
The FPL3 conforms to ETSI EN 300 220-2 (radio) and EN 301 489-3 (EMC) standards.

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