XEMICS, a privately-owned fabless semi-conductor company headquartered in Switzerland, has introduced the XEMICS 868MHz and 915MHz drop-in RF modules, designed to make the development of wireless communication applications easy. They also reduce the time-to-market, as they can be soldered directly onto a host board to add RF capabilities. Ranges of up to several kilometres can be achieved using these DP1203 modules, through high output power and excellent sensitivity. The 868MHz module is ETSI pre-certified, and the 915MHz module is FCC pre-certified. All critical high frequency circuits are in a shielding can for extra protection against shock and EMI.

No external components are required, apart from an antenna. The module incorporates an on-board antenna matching circuit, making integration straightforward even for engineers with no previous RF experience. The DP 1203 868MHz and 915MHz modules can be soldered directly onto the main system board, and are suited for automated assembly systems for high volume production, which significantly reduces the cost of manufacture.

The DP1203 offers the unique advantage of high data rate communication up to 152.3kbit/s. Offering high output power and exceptional receiver sensitivity, the 868MHz radio module is suitable for applications conforming to the European (ETSI EN300-220-1 and EN301 489-3) regulatory standards, whilst the 915MHz module conforms to FCC Part 15 applicable in the United States. The DP1203 is the perfect module for complex wireless networks, high speed data rate applications, voice-over-RF and applications where small size and extremely short time-to-market are high priorities.

Based on Surface Mount Technology (SMT) with components mounted only on one side, this module offers the advantage of being both very small and inexpensive. No additional interface circuitry is required between the drop-in module and the microcontroller. The modules are priced at below $10 in volume.

XEMICS is a leading designer and provider of wireless RF transceivers and Bluetooth™ applications, data acquisition, communication products, CODECs and GPS receivers. With a focus on high quality low cost solutions, XEMICS provides a combination of ultra-low power technology and innovative IC design.