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Atmel transceiver kits deliver out-of-the-box experience

Posted: 03 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:transceiver? RF transmission applications? evaluation kit?

Atmel Corp. launched a stand-alone transceiver evaluation kit designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the ATA542x transceiver series when used with the ATmega3290 microcontroller. Dubbed the ATAB542x, also called the Wireless Blackbird, the kit is designed for an immediate out-of-the-box experience. Industrial or consumer system designers can discover, without any additional PC connection, the capabilities of the ATA542x series. A Quick Start card is provided, making the kit suitable for new users, who can rapidly be brought up to speed.

The ATA542x (ATA5423/25/28/29) series is a highly integrated UHF Alternating Shift Keying (ASK)/Frequency Shift Keying (FSK ) multi-channel half-duplex transceiver family that offers the lowest power consumption for RF transmission applications. The transceivers are specially developed to meet industrial and consumer demands for RF low-cost transmission systems including 2-way remote controls, power metering, security, home automation, active RFID tags etc. The ATA542x series supports the 315MHz, 345MHz, 433MHz, 868MHz, and 915MHz frequency bands.

The Wireless BlackBird evaluation kit consists of two 51mm x 89mm PC boards, each with one ATA542x transceiver, custom LCD display, external antenna, ISP and UART headers, miniature joystick, and 2 AA batteries. Using the two transceiver boards, a communication link can be established within seconds to easily demonstrate functions such as RSSI links, temperature and light sensing, and frequency hopping.




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