Raytac Jointed Apple HomeKit MFi Program

Standing on marketing perspective point of view, iPhone user are often been viewed as a higher contribution margin group. Not only talking about consumer behavior, but also the motivation looking for device integrated with their own iOS devices. That explains why HomeKit devices recently has been widely spreading out in Apple stores or shops.

Wireless technology, says Bluetooth or WiFi, is the key role to connect between devices for Apple HomeKit implements. Surely, Bluetooth is more applicable than WiFi, not only easier to connect to iOS devices but also much lower power consumption and higher security level to rich consumer’s experience.

Raytac has been devoting to Bluetooth Low Energy module development for several years, started from BT4.0 to the latest. Raytac modules has selected Nordic’s solution, which is a highly optimized solution running HomeKit Accessory Protocol (HAP) and application firmware. The ultra-low power even enhance the design and usability for HomeKit devices implements.

After MFi Licenses program jointed, Nordic nRF5 HomeKit SDK is capable to access, Raytac expects to escalate the support ability in terms of hardware and firmware aspects for all customers who are interested in Apple HomeKit implements.

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Raytac nRF52840 & nRF52833 Modules

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司

A BT5.1 & BT5 & BT 4.2 module maker based on Nordic nRF52 & nRF51 solution 

(nRF52840 & nRF52833 & nRF52832 & nRF52810 & nRF52811 & nRF51822)

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

New Distributor Announcement (Japan) – 丸紅情報システムズ株式会社

Raytac is glad to announce that we has expanded our distributor network to Japan with 丸紅情報システムズ株式会社 (Marubeni Information Systems Co. Ltd.).The distribution agreement covers sales, marketing, and support for Raytac Corporation’s full range of Modules lines, including Nordic’s proven nRF51 Series, nRF52 Series, and nRF52840 in the territory.

2019 Raytac Module Family

With recent solid demand and positive feedback receiving from market, we strongly believe that IoT is the future to enhance people’s life.

With Marubeni Information Systems Co. Ltd. join Raytac’s module distribution network, we truly expect he complementary of network portfolio can bring the opportunity and competitive advantage along with a speedy and convenient accessibility for developers.

 

丸紅情報システムズ株式会社

Marubeni Information Systems Co.,Ltd

Contact: Daisuke Yamashita

Sales Sec.1, Device Solutions Dept.

Manufacturing Solutions Div.

Address: Shinjuku Garden Tower, 3-8-2, Okubo,

Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072 Japan

TEL:+81-3-4243-4160

FAX:+81-3-4243-4198

Emai: Yamashita-Daisuke@marubeni-sys.com

URL: http://www.marubeni-sys.com

 

Raytac Corporation 勁達國際電子有限公司

A BT5.1 & BT5 & BT 4.2 module maker based on Nordic nRF52 & nRF51 solution 

(nRF52840 & nRF52832 & nRF52810 & nRF52811 & nRF51822)

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

Raytac nRF52 Modules Bluetooth Specification Updated to BT5.1

Raytac nRF52 series module now has been updated to BT5.1

QDID: 139361 / DID: D047708

Raytac Module BT5.1 Specification
Raytac Module BT5.1 Specification

Raytac Product Change Notice (PCN) Announcement for Nordic nRF52810 Solution

Correspond to Nordic new revision of the IC with key changes (Nordic PCN No.: PCN-113 rev. 1.2)

Raytac would like to announce Product Change Notice (PCN-19082201) for below Module lines which are built based on Nordic nRF52810 Solution

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Raytac Announces A nRF52 Solution Module, MDBT42Q-U (Deployed u.FL Connector for External Antenna)

Raytac today announces the u.FL connector version module, MDBT42Q-U series which selects Nordic nRF52832 and nRF52810 SoC to provide the Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE, aka BLE) wireless connectivity for IoT applications.

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MDBT50Q Series Module Built By nRF52840 Rev. 2 (Build Code:DXX) Started Shipment

Nordic Semiconductor has updated nRF52840 SoC version from Rev.1 to Rev.2. Raytac announced that the module built by nRF52840 with Rev.2 SoC now has started the mass production shipment.

nRF52840 IC Version

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

Raytac Product Change Notice (PCN) Announcement for Nordic nRF52840 Solution

Raytac would like to announce Product Change Notice (PCN-19051001) for below Module lines which are built based on Nordic nRF52840 Solution


Correspond to Nordic new revision of the IC with key changes 

(According to Nordic PCN No.: PCN-111 rev. 1.0)


nRF52840 SoC Revision changed from Rev.1 to Rev.2 (Build Code Changed 
from CXX to DXX)

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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:
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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

LINE’s IoT platform “LINE Things”

LINE introduced an IoT platform “LINE Things” allows Bluetooth Low Energy  (BLE) devices integrated to LINE’s ecosystem through LINE Things and operate by LINE’s own developed LINE Front-end Framework (LIFF) application.

Line Things Framework

To introduce this edge cutting service network, LINE Things provides various development kits help developers easy reaching out the real scenario. The kit uses Raytac MDBT42Q-512KV2 module deployed Nordic nF52832 solution to built a completed LINE Things demo board, circuit diagram, hardware design reference, and even source code available published in GitHub.  At the mean time, LINE also proposed a LINE Things Developer Trial Program in progress.

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LINE, as one of the most popular instance messaging service provider in the world, now has brought the connection evolution from individual communication to social community. Raytac encourages developers to explore the LINE Things by visiting the hyper link provide in the article or direct contact LINE to understand more about the benefit which may tremendous change crowd’s life in the near future.

Developers who are interested in Line Things may visit below link for registration
https://feedback.line.me/enquete/public/3545-3I7tVA5i

Message can use Chinese, English and Japanese, LINE Things staff in each country will respond.

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