LPRS has announced that it will be launching its new low cost easyRadio Integrated Controller – eRIC – at the upcoming Fortronic RF and Wireless Technical Forum on June 25th at the Williams F1 conference centre near Oxford. Despite being half the size of the long established and field proven easyRadio range, eRIC (easyRadio Integrated Controller) is still able to offer many of the easyRadio features and benefits of eRA (easyRadio Advanced).
The transceiver uses system on chip (SOC) technology so an external processor is not required and, uniquely, the chip has been divided, giving 50% to the easyRadio configurable settings and communication software, and leaving the rest available for engineers to add their own application code.
eRIC is intended for embedded high-volume applications in the “Smart” or “IoT” arena including: building and lighting control, security, home monitoring and medical products, vehicle and contents monitoring, renewable energy control and remote sensor systems.
eRIC will continue to use the popular and simple to use easyRadio programming protocols, and operates in the ISM frequency bands (Europe 433 and 868MHz, USA 315 and 915MHz). It meets ETSI and FCC requirements, has pin interface compatibility with existing easyRadio Advance (eRA) products, has a simple to use and customer configurable and programmable I/O interface, is designed for low power operation from batteries and has a built-in temperature sensor.
eRIC has been designed to simplify end product manufacture and is packaged for SMD assembly, measuring just 20x15x5mm.
Despite its small size and low cost eRIC still offers many advanced features including; secure communications using optional AES 128 bit data encryption, received signal strength indicator (RSSI) and carrier detect, network ID and digital channel select (DCS).
Commenting John Sharples, Managing Director of LPRS, said, “We are very excited by the introduction of our new eRIC product. It builds on our many years of experience of supplying easyRadio wireless modules, incorporates a lot of useful customer ideas and will be a significant product introduction into the high-volume wireless control and communication markets. Compatibility with our very successful easyRadio protocols ensures our existing customers a smooth transition and gives new customers the ability to configure operating frequency, bandwidth, output power, and data-rate ensuring multiple devices can communicate free from interference with each other and other nearby RF devices.”