NXP connectivity FCC/ETSI Certification Software

Discussion created by josem.reyes.chaidez Employee on Sep 15, 2016
Latest reply on May 31, 2017 by sensenthuran

I would like to start this discussion to talk about FCC/ETSI certification software we use to provide for connectivity customer boards. FCC/ETSI are mandatory certifications we need to pass in order to be able to ship our boards worldwide and it basically regulates that there is no violation to the way our devices are using the frequency spectrum space. Talking specifically about the 2.4GHz products, we have IEEE 802.15.4 and BLE radios that need to pass this certification. Basic functionality is required by the test houses to run this certification, they basically set the radio in Tx/Rx mode in the lowest, middle and highest channels (i.e. for IEEE 802.15.4, typical channels for this certification are 11, 17/18 and 26).


When talking about the IEEE 802.15.4 only supported radio, we used to provide our SMAC connectivity test, which allows the customer/test houses to set the radio in Tx/Rx in any IEEE 802.15.4 desired channel at any power output, power output used to be at 0dBm. Then, the test house run all the required test to validate the HW does not violate any regulations in terms of the frequency spectrum use. 


When talking about the BLE supported radio, we used to provide the BLE HCI Application which basically allows the tester to set the radio in Tx/Rx mode by using HCI transmitter/receiver test commands. These commands are part of the BLE specifications at the HCI level. 


Hence, whenever a new board is produced, besides the normal validation/test software required to validate all peripheral and GPIOs are functional in the board, we need to send SMAC Connectivity Test and the BLE HCI App depending on the supported application, for the multi-protocol radio we sent both applications. This way, the manufacturer can proceed with FCC/ETSI certification.


In order to know how to play with the Connectivity Test application. You can refer to the "SMACDAUG" document included in the connectivity software package of your desired device.


For the BLE HCI App. A document is available in the community in the next link:

BLE HCI Application to set transmitter/receiver test commands  


This document describes the command that need to be sent to the HCI App to configure the radio in Tx/Rx mode in the desired channel.


Finally, it is very important that the board contains proper XTAL trimming value, so, we can have optimum RF performance. 


To know more abou XTAL trimming on KW devices. Please, see the next links:

Importance of trimming the XTAL on wireless systems 

Adjusting XTAL trim to modify central frequency in the KW41 

Adjusting XTAL trim to modify central frequency in the KW40