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Atmel rolls out development kits for UHF ICs

Posted: 09 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:atmel? development kit? uhf ic? atak57xx? uhf fsk/ask?

Atmel Corp.'s new family of development kits promises to enable customers to get started with the company's UHF ICs easily and quickly.

The ATAK57xx development kits support the design of wireless data transmission systems for ISM frequency bands with Atmel's UHF FSK/ASK transmitter and receiver devices T57xx. Typical applications for the T57xx family members include remote control, keyless entry, telemetry or security and alarm systems.

The development kits are available in various configurations to cover different operation frequencies, receiver bandwidths, modulation types and performance requirements. They can be used in the US frequency bands at 315MHz and 915MHz, the most widespread 433MHz band used in Europe and the U.S., as well as the 868MHz band as assigned in Europe. Currently, the higher frequency bands are preferred for telemetry applications.

All kits consist of a motherboard including Atmel's AVR microcontroller, an RF receiver IC, transmitter IC and an interface board including all other components like antennas, cables and connectors needed to design a working RF link. The kits are provided with dedicated operation software, which has been optimized for easy and intuitive handling but which is still flexible enough to meet the diverse requirements of the various target applications.

The company gave an example. The configuration of the RF receiver and transmitter IC is programmable and tools are implemented to edit signal and configuration data, with access to every single bit if necessary, or to assess the momentary performance of the link. The data communication between the PC and the application boards is done via the serial port (RS-232) to ensure maximum compatibility with different PC hardware and operating systems.

The appropriate kit for specific requirements can be found by referring to the ATAK57xx Selection Guide RF Design Kit at the company website. All ATAK57xx smart RF development kits are already available, with pricing starting at $299. A detailed description of the different transmitter and receiver development boards is also available from Atmel.

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