RF Monolithics’s (RFM) field application engineer and RF design expert Bob Nelson demonstrated the RFIC Design Assistant software on April 26–29, 2010 during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2010 held in Silicon Valley.
Design engineers will be able to evaluate the RFIC software thoroughly by utilizing a range of individual parameters such as center frequency, RF band, receiver parameters such as filter and data rate characteristics, and transmitter parameters like RF power deviation and output. These designers will also be able to access every RFIC register and save the settings of these registers. They will also be able to configure and speedily set up the development kit through the USB or the RS-232 by using the Design Assistant. It is possible to save and reload for reference at a later time along with the default setting utilized in internal range tests.
They will be able to conduct RF tests like receiver sensitivity and power output measurements for different settings of the registers, besides the setting for low power to note its effect on the total RFIC current consumption. This is possible by configuring the Design Assistant of required applications, resulting in lesser time to market.
Engineers who attend the ESC can avail practical experience of the RFIC Design. They can learn how to use this software for prototyping RF connections quickly for their OEM products that utilize RFM RFIC-based short range radio transceivers.
During the demonstration, draws will be conducted by RFM through which the design
engineers will get short range developer kits or modules out of a wide selection of developer kits.
Larry Miller, Director of Marketing-Short Range Radios at RFM, informed that his company focuses on developing tools and methods to make its products available in the market within a shorter timeframe and to give an enhanced design experience in an affordable manner for its customers. He added that his company completely understands the fact that an OEM vendor has to ensure that customer designs move into the manufacturing stage faster for generating revenue.