RS485 FCC/ISED/RED RFID Reader

This RS485 FCC/ISED/RED RFID Reader is CE compliant and has limited modular approval from the FCC and ISED for use in equipment supplied and fitted in the USA and Canada.  Eccel provides free lifetime Over-the-Air (OTA) updates via a firmware file download from our website and programming of the unit via our free PC app – Eccel OTA Tool using the RS485 communication port.

Project

The specification from a world leading biomedical customer, required us to adapt an existing one of our readers, previously custom designed for them, to achieve FCC approval. It is important for our devices to be FCC approved as they may be used on the following devices; wireless medical devices, including equipment authorization (for products such as smartphones, car door remote controls, Wi-Fi devices, baby monitors, and personal computers); testing for radio frequency safety; and regulation of radio spectrum.

Product

The dimensions of length width and height of the Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) had to remain identical, despite extra components being needed for band pass filtering, input and output line protection, and incoming power supply regulation, all required to achieve successful:
FCC part 15C,
RSS 210 (Canada),
Radio (EN302291-2 V1.1.1 ),
EMC (EN301489-1 V1.9.2 and-3 V1.6.1),

EMF (EN50364 2010),
Safety (EN60950-1+annex) (all European approvals)
emission and susceptibility testing approval.
In addition, certain components such as connectors, switch and LEDs, had to remain in identical absolute positions on the PCBA, hence limiting our freedom of layout options. Critically FCC radiated emissions standard Part 15C had to be achieved without any shielding of the PCBA. Eccel Technology Ltd (IB Technology) managed the whole process from design and prototype manufacture, though approvals testing at a licensed test facility, registration with the FCC and assignment to the existing Grantee code of our customer.
The reader supports NFC NTAG type 2 tags fully and NTAG type 4 with serial number only read. It also supports MIFARE Classic 1K and 4K as well as MIFARE Ultralight. It supports serial number only read of DESFire and MIFARE Plus.

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