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Certifications

Certification is the process of testing radio hardware to demonstrate that it meets the stated regulations in the country that it will operate in.

A certification is needed generally when electronic hardware will be sold in a country, the certification requirements of that country must be met.

If you require changes in your certificated hardware that will affects your RF performance, then you need to re-certificate the device.

Most common regions and certification's institutes are (it applies for 2.4GHz & SubGHz):

FCC for USA

IC for Canada

ETSI (CE) for Europe

ARIB for Japan

Other countries generally follow FCC or ETSI standars.

The institute in charge of certifications depends on the region. It's the same institute to certificate your device in 2.4GHz or SubGHz in a certain region, the only difference are the articles of each institute to operate in the different frequencies.

For operating in the 2.4GHZ band (worldwide):

- In the U.S, CFR 47 FCC Part 15 203, 15.209 and 15.247

- In Canada, IC RSS-210 which closely follows FCC Part 15

- In EU, ETSI EN 300, 301

- In Japan, ARIB STD-T66

For SubGHz depends on the frequency you want to operate in.

Taking Japan as an example: In Japan you can operate in the 920MHz band or in the 400MHz band for SubGHz. For both frequencies, ARIB is the institute in charge of the certifications but to operate in the 400MHz band the article that you will need is the ARIB STD-T67, and to operate in the 920MHz you will need to certificate your hardware with ARIB STD-T108 article.

Freescale's MRB-KW019032 is certificated to operate in the following SubGHz ISM bands:

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The firmware used to certificate our KW products is the Radio Utility or the Connectivity Test, it allows the user in changing some RF parameters needed to pass the certification process.

If you are thinking in certificate a product, contact an expert! There are Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) companies which can give you guidance in the processes you need to follow to achieve a certification.

To know more about FCC certification requirements and processes, refer to the reference manual Freescale IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee Node RF Evaluation and Test Guidelinesin the Freescale's website.

Best regards,

Burgos.

This document was generated from the following discussion: Certifications

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Burgos,

Thanks for taking the time to open up this topic. 

I reviewed the *"RF Evaluation and Test Guidelines" document. It is a solid guide.

In terms of debugging and testing, it maps well with the older Freescale wireless offerings.

With that said, I have questions concerning the newer product lines.

What is the time frame for a similar document targeting the KW24 or KW01 series? 

There is a need for understanding FCC compliance testing given the new modes of operation pertaining to 802.15.4e (TSCH, CSL & RIT) and eventually the Freescale Thread stack.

Cheers,

Ben

Hi Ben,

The same document can be used as a reference for the KW24 products. For the KW01 products, we don´t have a document as a reference for certifications yet but it's a good idea starting the planning to develop it.

When you are performing a certification, that certification it is applied for the hardware; so If the modes of operation that you mentioned for the 802.15.4e & Thread does not affect the device's RF performance (Frequency, Output Power, etc), then the same testing process can be used.

Best regards,

Burgos.

Hi All,

Is there any document for EU certification for refrigerator BLDC motor drives?

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