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Instant wireless solution for industrial applications replaces bulky wiring
Keywords: Radio communications
Designed for use in hostile environments, AeroComm's AC3124 family of transceiver modules allow for year round, outdoor or indoor operation at temperatures of -40°C to +80°C. Operating in the 2.4GHz ISM frequency band, the frequency hopping, spread spectrum transceivers replace costly, bulky wiring to applications such as telemetry, SCADA in oil and water management, and process monitoring in environmentally severe facilities.
The modules meet OEMs' stringent requirements for small size, simple integration, long range, low power consumption and efficient data throughput. Data rates up to 115.2Kbps provide ample speed for most industrial applications. Using AeroComm's proprietary FHSS technology, the AC3124 transceivers are highly resistant to interference and security breaches.
As the smallest and most power efficient in their industrial category, AC3124s are perfect for integration into both portable devices and stationary applications. OEMs can choose a short-range, power-efficient 10mW version for battery-powered products, and a higher- power 200mW version for miles of outdoor range.
To facilitate smooth design integration and provide flexibility for different applications, all AC3124 modules have identical dimensions, connectors and software interfaces for interchangeability. The transceivers operate in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint client/server architecture.
AeroComm AC3124s are complete RF modules with a comprehensive list of approved antennas, enabling rapid integration into higher-volume industrial applications. All frequency hopping, synchronization and RF system data transmission/reception is performed by the transceiver.
Use of the 2.4 GHz ISM frequency band ensures acceptance virtually worldwide; the AC3124 family is approved under FCC, IC (Canada) and ETSI (Europe) agencies. All modules are backed by RF development tools and engineering support.
Industrial environments are among the most hostile to wireless technology. To enable wireless data communication in industrial settings, transceivers must be able to withstand extreme temperature ranges and high levels of interference. Previously, the only radios available for these applications sacrificed performance for durability. AeroComm's AC3124 modules finally allow manufacturers to replace expensive and invasive cabling with reliable, robust RF communication (Plate 8).
Plate 8 Instant wireless solution for industrial applications replaces bulky wiring
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