Low-Power RF & Wireless Connectivity
eNewsletter April 2011
Texas Instruments

Welcome to the Low-Power RF and Wireless Connectivity eNewsletter from TI – the newsletter that keeps you up to date on new software and hardware releases, developer’s news, and other news and events associated with TI’s radio frequency and wireless connectivity solutions.

In this issue:
Hardware & Software
Technical Documents
Developer’s News

Other News

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Hardware & Software
New! Multichannel Wireless Digital Audio Streaming – CC8530 PurePath™ Wireless Audio
The PurePath™ Wireless platform is a cost-effective and low-power solution optimized for wireless transmission of high-quality digital audio. The new CC8530 PurePath™ Wireless audio system-on-chip supports multichannel digital audio streaming with up to 4 channels.
New! Wireless Headset Reference Design and Development Kit – PurePath™ Wireless Audio
TI’s new reference design for wireless headsets provides you with a cost optimized design for high quality products. Based on the PurePath™ Wireless audio technology and the CC8520 2.4 GHz system-on-chip, the solution transmits uncompressed CD-quality wireless audio over a rock solid RF link, with no unwanted noise or dropouts. Start your wireless headset design with the CC85XXDK-HEADSET development kit.
TI introduces OpenLink™, open source wireless connectivity solutions for low power applications
OpenLink.org is an open community, working with TI’s wireless connectivity technologies to collaboratively “connect the world.” Develop, test, and innovate now!
Technical Documents
CC1101+CC1190 915 MHz Reference Design
The CC1101-CC1190EM 915 MHz reference design contains schematics and layout files for the CC1101-CC1190EM 915 MHz evaluation module. The RF section has been designed and characterized for operation in the 902-928 MHz frequency band. The maximum output power is +26 dBm and the sensitivity is improved 5-6 dB compared to a CC1101 stand-alone solution.
AN096 Using CC1190 Front End with CC1101 under FCC 15.247
This application note outlines the expected performance when using a CC1101-CC1190 design under FCC Section 15.247 in the 902-928 MHz frequency band. The maximum output power is +26 dBm and the sensitivity is improved 5-6 dB compared to a CC1101 stand-alone solution.
Developer’s News
RFOS – the RF Optimal Solution from Venture Technologies
RFOS – the RF Optimal Solution from Venture Technologies A TI Elite Design House, Venture Technologies, Inc offers a complete hardware and software wireless communication solution available under license for drop-in use in your product. The RFOS design delivers low cost, low power, and long-distance wireless communication in 400 MHz, 900MHz, or the 2.4 GHz bands. RFOS reduces product cost and parts count when compared to an off-the-shelf radio module, because the RFOS and your application can run together on the same microcontroller. Whether it’s long range, long battery life, or a unique network topology, Venture’s RFOS will get your product to market quickly, and will suit your product’s unique requirements better than a supposed “one size fits all” solution. The RFOS is based on TI’s CC1101, CC1110F32, CC2510 family of transceivers and MSP430 microprocessors.
Download the RFOS brochure
Embit’s latest solution for the new WMBus market – EMB-WMBMF
The EMB-WMBMF module from Embit combines high performance with small dimensions and low cost, providing a simple and easy way to add WMBus connectivity and multi-hop networking into existing products. The module is configured as an embedded micro system or simple data modem for low power applications in the sub 1-Ghz band including 169 MHz, 433 MHz, 868 MHz and 915 MHz. The RF implementation guarantees best-in-class performance in terms of covered area and power consumption. The Embit EMB-WMMF module is based on TI’s RF-ICs.
Wireless M-Bus with 169MHz from Radiocrafts – Solving the range issue
The use of 169MHz will solve the range issue which some AMR systems have experienced. Based on a proposal from Radiocrafts, a new mode with superior range is now available within the European Norm for wireless metering (Wireless M-Bus). The new standard includes EU/EEA harmonized 169 MHz frequencies with true-narrowband requirements for high sensitivity and -selectivity, combined with 500mW output power. The new revision of the standard, prEN 13757-4: 2011, now allows 169 MHz for two-way communication in Europe, enabling long range smart metering systems for water-, gas-, heat- and electricity meters. For further inquiries around 169 MHz solution from Radiocrafts, contact: radiocrafts@radiocrafts.com
SignalFire Receives Class 1 Division 2 Certification
SignalFire Receives Class 1 Division 2 Certification SignalFire Telemetry’s popular Modbus-In-A-Stick and Gateway-In-A-Stick are now certified as non-incendive electrical equipment for use in Class 1 Division 2 hazardous locations by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This certification makes these products ideal for use in many oil and gas installations. SignalFire’s Modbus-In-A-Stick is designed for reading data from Electronic Flow Meters, Pump Off Controllers, Tank Level or other Modbus sensors used in oil and gas installations and other challenging outdoor applications. Both devices are using TI’s CC1110 RF system-on-chip solution. Additionally, the Gateway-In-A-Stick uses TI’s CC1190, a Sub-1 GHz RF Front End for low-power wireless applications.
To find out more, visit www.signal-fire.com
Other News
Become the Innovator of the Year 2011. Win USD 5,000 and Bluetooth Qualification Program
Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2011 The third annual Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2011 opens for submissions on 1 May. The Bluetooth SIG is once again looking for ideas and prototypes using Bluetooth low energy technology in this year’s edition of the global innovation competition. Submissions can be made for applications within sports & fitness, health care & wellness, automotive, entertainment and more. For the first time, this year’s event will also have a dedicated category for the best-functioning prototype based on Bluetooth low energy technology.
TI is the Title Sponsor of the Bluetooth Innovation World Cup this year and will give out free CC2540 Bluetooth low energy development kits to the first 20 developers who submit prototypes for the competition. Developers who submit prototypes after the free kits are gone will be offered a 50 percent price discount.

Register to Win:
The database for submissions will be open from 1 May – 15 September, 2011 – so put on your thinking cap and come up with your most innovative idea.
Register now!
TI’s Technical Support Community Tops 50,000 Members
The TI E2E™ Community, brings 50,000+ engineers and TI experts from around the globe together, through an online community, which features technical support forums, blogs, and product videos. Join the community and begin engaging with like-minded engineers today!
Join TI at the Embedded Systems Conference 2011, San Jose, May 2-5
Meet with TI at the ESC 2011, May 2-5 in San Jose, booth #1530. Check out our latest inventions and discuss your design with TI’s embedded processor and wireless connectivity experts. Here are some of TI’s wireless connectivity products that you can experience at ESC;
  • Bluetooth® Low Energy Wireless Keyboard Demo with TI’s CC2540
  • Point-to-multipoint audio streaming with TI’s new PurePath™ Wireless headset reference design
  • Sneak peek of the industry’s highest performance narrowband RF transceiver – CC1120 family
  • ZigBee® LED lighting system using TI’s CC2530 system-on-chip with ZigBee Home Automation Profile
  • TI’s CC4000 GPS Platform device – a low-cost GPS solution designed to inspire location, time and velocity applications in a broad range of markets, from asset tracking to sports and fitness
Be sure to stop by The TI booth to pick up a copy of TI’s new Wireless Connectivity Guide with featured product overviews and selection tables for the industry’s broadest portfolio of wireless connectivity devices. Look forward to seeing you at ESC 2011.
Access holder at ESC Silicon Valley? Get a chance to grab a CC2540 Bluetooth® low energy kit
All access pass holders at ESC Silicon Valley will be able to choose a free developer kit including the CC2540 Bluetooth® low energy mini development kit. Access holders will also be invited to attend a special gathering to meet and listen to a TI expert discuss the CC2540 kit, its functionality and capabilities. Details here: esc.eetimes.com/siliconvalley/new_at_esc
Not going to ESC SV? Get your CC2540 mini kit today at Mouser, www.mouser.com/ticc2540/.
See you at the European ZigBee Developer’s Conference, Munich, May 18-19
Meet TI’s ZigBee® experts at the 5th European ZigBee Developer’s Conference in Munich, May 18-19. This year TI will showcase the newly released CC2530ZNP ZigBee Network Processor which provides a simple, off-the-shelf ZigBee solution eliminating the need to understand the complexities of a full ZigBee stack. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest ZigBee innovations, meet ZigBee experts and get your application development up to speed!
  • Experience live demonstrations of TI’s ZigBee solutions for metering, lighting and medical applications.
  • Listen to TI’s Hans-Guenter Kremser talk about “Street Lights synchronized with ZigBee” on Thursday, May 19 from 12:00-12:30.
To register, visit www.zigbee-devcon-europe.de
Meet TI at the Smart Energy Day in Munich, May 18

Taking place in parallel to the ZigBee Developer’s Conference, the Smart Energy Day is a one day technical seminar providing all the detailed technical information necessary for the realization of smart energy concepts. Meet expert speakers from semiconductor, software and operating systems companies as well as organizations around bus systems and wireless standards. Being a part of the smart grid market for more than 15 years, TI has a broad portfolio of systems products, software and tools for grid infrastructure, utility metering, power line communications (PLC), and home or building automation development. Join the Smart Energy Day and listen to TI’s Thomas Hillmann presenting a state-of-the art overview of TI technologies and solutions available today, as well as TI’s strategic vision for the future.

Register today

Bluetooth Information Days, May and June 2011

The Bluetooth SIG invites you to take part in the Bluetooth Information Days 2011. At these half-day events, industry representatives provide insight to future applications and business opportunities within Bluetooth low energy. Participation is free of charge. See you in Düsseldorf, Sophia-Antipolis (May 26) and London (June 9). Registration and more information will be available soon. Keep an eye out for more information here.

Texas Instruments Technology Days 2011 – Join us for a day packed with technical design seminars and technology exhibits
Texas Instruments Technology Days 2010

The IC training is aimed at providing a learning forum for design engineers where practical high-performance solutions, tools and workshops are presented for analog and digital technologies. The exhibits demonstrate the latest TI technology. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with a number of Texas Instruments’ experts and gain valuable ideas for solving your technical challenges!

Coming up next
Americas: San Jose May 3, Montreal May 10, Cleveland May 17, Minneapolis/St.Paul May 26, Huntsville June 2, Atlanta June 9, Mexico City June 16
Europe: Nürnberg  May 24
Asia: Seoul June 14, Taipei June 16
Visit www.ti.com/techdays for a complete list of our Technology Days worldwide.
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