Regulations, Certifications and Raytac’s Modules – What do we make more convenient for our customers?

Raytac’s pre-certified module for your convenience – but how?So, in this post, we would like to take you on a little journey through most of the important certifications that Raytac has pre-certified their modules with.
The exact topic is actually what you need to know and what that means to you as a Raytac customer.

Obviously, each and every certification has their own rules, so that’s how we’re going to do this – one by one.

  1. FCC – (U.S.A.)

Most people in the industry have heard of FCC, but for you who really don’t know what it is, it’s the Federal Communications Commission in the United States of America. Although considered as a center for these regulations, you will soon realize that they’re not really the center of these regulations and laws at all.
So for the FCC certification, you can as a Raytac customer:

    1. Use Raytac’s certification ID directly on your finished product’s label

But you need to:

  1. Test FCC Part 15B EMC for your finished products
  1. IC – (Canada)

When it comes to the Industry Canada (yes, that’s what IC stands for), the regulations and procedures are much like their sibling FCC.

    1. Use Raytac’s certification ID on your finished product’s label (same as FCC)

But, just like FCC, you need to:

  1. Test IC ES003 (EMC)
    • This can be combined together with the FCC Part 15B test
  1. TELEC – (Japan)

TELEC, sometimes referred to as MIC, is surprisingly simple.
What you will need to do is:

  1. Use Raytac’s certification ID on your finished product’s label

Yes – you can actually just go right ahead and implement and/or commercialize your product after its parts are all proven TELEC certified which is pretty neat. However, there is another test that you as a customer can do if you wish, and that is VCCI which is just like the EMC tests mentioned above with the only difference (in terms of regulation) is that it’s NOT mandatory. Thus, you can choose not to do it as well.

  1. KC – (South Korea)

As for the Korean regulation, these are the things you will have to do:

  1. Test EMC for wireless (KN301489 – same as CE’s EN301489)
  2. Test EMC for wire (IO port) (KN3235)
    • If, and only if, your final product is equipped with IO ports, that is.

These two tests needs to be done locally (Korean test lab) and depending on which test it is, you’ll have to deal with them differently.
Firstly, for the wireless test, you can refer to Raytac’s own certification report so that the lab knows the module itself has passed although it still needs to be tested.
Secondly, the for wire (IO port) test, you will have to do from scratch essentially.
Thus, even though we have applied for KC for our modules, you will still have to test them locally.

  1. CE (Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED)) – (EEA, Europe)

Although CE is considered as strict regulation, the procedure is pretty simple. Simply put, you will have to conduct tests on a few different samples, and the procedure goes:

  1. Test on Conducted engineering sample (EN300328)
    • You can refer to Raytac’s test report, if the test lab accepts it, that is.
      To ensure that they do, you can choose to conduct your tests at the same lab as Raytac – SGS.
  2. Test on Radiated engineering sample (EN300328)
  3. Test EMC (EN301489)
  4. Test Safety (EN60950)
    • Subject to change to EN62368 in 2021
  1. SRRC

Simply put, you will have 2 scenarios:

  1. Your end product can either be defined as a “Home Appliances” or an “Office Utilities” product
    • Then you can simply refer Raytac’s SRRC ID (module policy just like FCC/IC/TELEC)
  2. Your end product is neither of the above
    • You have to apply for your own SRRC ID by testing everything required by the regulation
  1. NCC

They go by a “Platform policy” which basically means that as long as you are just adding functionality onto an already existing feature, then you can leverage Raytac’s NCC ID on your product’s label directly (module policy just like FCC/IC/TELEC/SRRC). Otherwise, you will have to apply for a new one.
Thus, the procedure becomes:

  1. Adding functionality of an already existing feature (a.k.a. platform)?
    • Then you can simply refer Raytac’s NCC ID on your product (module policy just like FCC/IC/TELEC/SRRC)
  2. New ideas/features?
    • Sorry, you have to apply for your own NCC ID by conducting all tests necessary
  1. RCM

Australia’s RCM (Regulatory Compliance Mark) is a lot like CE, much like IC is similar to FCC.
When applying to this certification, you will be in either of these two circumstances:

  1. CE already done.
    • You can refer to your own CE certification and ask your test lab to copy the report to your RCM application.
  2. CE NOT done.
    • You must conduct the test from scratch. But it is a whole lot like CE, meaning:
    • Test on Conducted engineering sample
    • Test on Radiated engineering sample
    • Test EMC
    • Test Safety
  1. Bluetooth Certification

Last, but definitely not least, is the Bluetooth Certification. For this one, choosing Raytac’s modules will bring you great benefits. But first, you need to:

  1. Apply for Bluetooth SIG’s “Adopter Membership” (free)
    • You can apply for the membership here
  2. Purchase your DID
  3. Leverage Raytac’s QDID
    • To activate your newly purchased DID

For your first product, that is all you will have to do. But what if you come up with a new model of the product? Before you ask, I will answer “No – you don’t necessarily have to purchase another DID.” In order for this to be true though, your new product cannot have either of these things changed:

  1. Hardware
    • Unless you are still using Raytac’s module
  2. Feature
    • Unless you are still using Raytac’s module
  3. Brand Name
    • Brand name remains unchanged.

Although you might be able to apply for these certifications all on your own without trouble whatsoever, we always encourage customers using Raytac’s BLE modules to contact us before hand so that we can provide you valuable information. This way, you will get unbiased guidance which will save you time and money.

As always – Happy tinkering everybody 🙂

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司 A BT 5.1 & BT 5 & BT 4.2 module maker based on Nordic nRF51 & nRF52 solution (nRF52840 & nRF52832 & nRF52811 & nRF52810 & nRF51822)

www.raytac.com email: cs@raytac.com Tel: +886.2.3234.0208

nRF52840 v.2 – What’s New?

From IC Revision 1 to 2While there are quite a few changes available for review in the nRF52840 documentation, there is update that is particularly important for many users out there, including a large amount of our own customers. The update I am talking about is about the power supply.

First things first – if you’re interested in reading the whole documentation for Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840, then look no further than their Infocenter.
nRF52840 IC reversions and variants

As you can see in the picture below, there’s a lot of information about LDO and DC/DC regulators. That is exactly the main topic of today’s post.
On nRF52840 version C, when changing from 5.5V to 3.3V, you had to use LDO mode in order for the chip to function properly. In the new chip version 2, you won’t have to change to LDO mode as you can directly use REG0 DC to DC.

I will let the Infocenter documentation speak for how it works in detail as quoted below:
Nordic Infocenter - nRF52840 Power Supply update.PNG

The system contains two main supply regulator stages, REG0 and REG1.

Each regulator stage has the following regulator type options:

Low-dropout regulator (LDO)
Buck regulator (DC/DC)
In normal voltage mode, only the REG1 regulator stage is used and the REG0 stage is automatically disabled. In high voltage mode, both regulator stages (REG0 and REG1) are used. The output voltage of REG0 can be configured in register REGOUT0. This output voltage is connected to VDD and is the input voltage to REG1.

By default, the LDO regulators are enabled and the DC/DC regulators are disabled. Registers DCDCEN0 and DCDCEN are used to independently enable the DC/DC regulators for the two stages (REG0 and REG1 respectively).

When a DC/DC converter is enabled, the LDO for the corresponding regulator stage will be disabled. External LC filters must be connected for each of the DC/DC regulators being used. The advantage of using a DC/DC regulator is that the overall power consumption is normally reduced as the efficiency of such a regulator is higher than that of a LDO. The efficiency benefit of using a DC/DC regulator becomes particularly prominent when the regulator voltage drop (difference between input and output voltage) is high. The efficiency of internal regulators vary with the supply voltage and the current drawn from the regulators.

Note: Do not enable DC/DC regulator without an external LC filter being connected as this will inhibit device operation, including debug access, until an LC filter is connected.

We hope you get a better understanding about the update from nRF52840 Revision 1 to 2 and its power supply.

Raytac now has started supply module demo board, MDBT50Q-DB, build by nRF52840 v2 SoC.

If you would like to purchase our MDBT50Q-DB demo board (deployed module: MDBT50Q-1MV2) on it, you can get one on eBay or Verical.

We at Raytac wish you all a nice day and happy tinkering 🙂

 

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司 A BT 5.1 & BT 5 & BT 4.2 module maker based on Nordic nRF51 & nRF52 solution (nRF52840 & nRF52832 & nRF52811 & nRF52810 & nRF51822)

www.raytac.com email: cs@raytac.com Tel: +886.2.3234.0208

New Distributor Announcement (Turkey & Egypt) – Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş.

Raytac is glad to announce that we has expanded our distributor network to Turkey and Egypt. The distribution agreement with Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. covers FAE, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and support for Raytac Corporation’s full range of module lines, including nRF52840, nRF52811, nR52832 and nRF51 series in territory.

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Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. was founded in 1980 and currently is the leading electronic components distributor in Turkey. The headquarter located in Istanbul and built up 4 sales offices and warehouse in major cities in Turkey cities(Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa). Employed RD FAE capability to support the development and evaluation consultant and also Marketing & Sales service.

Not only distribution service, Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. but also expanded business to PCB & PCB assembly, LED lighting solutions, aluminum coolers aimed to achieve the synergy collaboration all the way from product idea emerging, developing and mass production.

IoT now has become a part of people’s life experience and Bluetooth is the key protocol connecting between human and IoT appliance.

Raytac employees Nordic’s solution developed series of modules which is a recommended 3rd party module maker listed in Nordic website. All modules from Raytac comes with superior RF efficiency, reliable quality, Bluetooth certification granted, and FCC/IC/CE/Telec/KC/SRRC/NCC pre-certified. Developers who deployed Raytac’s module into products may save lots of efforts in RF design expertise and obtain the low cost and time-to-market efficiency.

With Raytac’ Bluetooth Low Energy module joined the line card, Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş.  expects to advance the service from the Bluetooth world connecting to an unlimited future.

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Okan Abdi
Genel Müdür Yardımcısı/Deputy General Manager
Özdisan Elektronik Paz. San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
email: oabdi@ozdisan.com Tel: +90 (61) 420 1882
website: www.ozdisan.com

İbrahim Ekmekçi
Saha Uygulama Mühendisi /Field Application Engineer
Özdisan Elektronik Paz. San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
email: iekmekci@ozdisan.com Tel: +90 (61) 420 1882 /Ext:230   Mobile: +90 (534) 014 78 76
website: www.ozdisan.com

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Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司
A BT5 & BT 4.2 & BTv4.1 module maker based on Nordic nRF51 & nRF52 solution
(nRF52840 & nRF52832 & nRF52810 & & nRF52811 &nRF51822)
www.raytac.com email: cs@raytac.com Tel: +886.2.3234.0208

 

Burn your firmware – onto MDBT50Q-RX that is

Hi there, folks!
So you have hopefully downloaded your IDE, you have written your code which you then plan to copy it over onto your MDBT50Q-RX and make it execute your master plan to take over the world!
Seriously, don’t underestimate the Nordic nRF52840 based MDBT50Q-RX. USB sticks with Bluetooth can do wonders 😉
(I am serious! Just look at Plezmo! You see that USB stick? Yep, that’s another Raytac for ya)So, first of all, in order to be able to burn your code onto the USB Dongle, you will have to know the nerdy parts which includes which pins you will have to connect to. In our very well documented specification sheet for MDBT50Q-RX on section 8 which is called “Reference Circuit”, you will find parts down to the left that has “3.3V/SWDIO/SWCLK/GND” marks on it:
Burning pins on MDBT50Q-RXFurther down in the specification sheet, in section 9, you will find pictures illustrating where exactly on the PCB you can find these pins:
Pin locations

Now we know what to look for and where they are, so now we have only got to tell you how to use them.

Some people might not know this, but for developing these things, you need to get something called J-Link to connect your MDBT50Q-RX to your desktop. However, since this J-Link, when buying the official one from SEGGER, is very expensive, we strongly recommend you to just buy the nRF52840-DK from Nordic Semiconductor as it can be used as a J-Link through their software development kit (SDK) called nRFgo Studio and is MUCH CHEAPER than the official J-Link from SEGGER is.
Sidenote: There are a couple of other reasons why you should just get your hands on a nRF52840-DK from Nordic Semiconductor instead of getting a SEGGER J-Link, but that’s not the topic of this post 😉

When this is done, this is finally how you connect your MDBT50Q-RX to your J-Link to make it all work:

MDBT50Q-RX and J-Link connection

Here you will have to pay attention to the fact that you have to connect J-Link pins 3, 5 & 9 to GND. Otherwise, you won’t be able to burn anything onto your dear MDBT50Q-RX.
The physical connection should look like this:

J-Link Cable Connection

Pay attention to the direction of the cable, because that will also matter. The direction we mean in this case is which way the slim strip of red is facing.

As we have just revised our MDBT50Q-RX, our customers who have been developing firmware for our USB dongle should take a look at our previous blog post in which we explain about the changes made or contact us directly at service@raytac.com

Have a good day and we at Raytac wish you smooth and happy tinkering 🙂

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司
A BT5 & BT 4.2 & BTv4.1 module maker based on Nordic nRF51 & nRF52 solution
(nRF51822 & nRF51422 & nRF52832 & nRF52810 & nRF52840)
www.raytac.com email: cs@raytac.com Tel: +886.2.3234.0208

 

Raytac Corporation at IT Week Hall 3 & 4 / 11-22

With over 600 exhibitors gathering in Tokyo, Japan from April 10-12, IT Week has become one of the biggest exhibitions within the IoT Technology sector.
Raytac is pleased to be attending this years IT Week and present our full range of module family based on Nordic nRF51822, nRF52832 and nRF52840.

Meanwhile, the latest product, MDBT50Q-RX, a multi protocol nRF52840 dongle will make its second public appearance which powers up the most advanced IoT and Mesh network implementations.

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司
A BT5 & BT 4.2 & BTv4.1 module maker based on Nordic nRF51 & nRF52 solution (nRF51822 & nRF51422 & nRF52832 & nRF52810 & nRF52840)