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Linx Technologies Intros Low Cost Remote Control and Sensor
Transceiver for the Internet of Things

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October 6, 2015 — Linx Technologies, a Merlin, OR based developer and manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Solutions, is pleased to introduce its new pre-certified remote control and sensor transceiver modules. The HumRC™ Series transceiver is built on the popular Hummingbird platform, and is a frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) transceiver designed for reliable bi-directional remote control and sensor applications. Available today in 900 MHz, the HumRC™ outputs up to 10 dBm. This results in a line-of-sight range of up to 1600 m (1.0 mile).

Low Cost Remote Control and Sensor Transceiver for the Internet of Things

The HumRC™ Series module is a completely integrated RF transceiver and processor designed for bi-directional remote control. It employs a fast-locking FHSS system for noise immunity and higher transmitter output power as allowed by government regulations.

The remote control transceiver has 8 status lines that can be individually configured as inputs to register button presses or as outputs to drive application circuitry. A selectable acknowledgement indicates that the transmission was successfully received. Primary settings are hardware-selectable, which eliminates the need for an external microcontroller or other digital interface.

The transceiver also has two Analog to Digital (ADC) inputs for sensors or circuits that output an analog voltage. The module can automatically respond to a command with these values, so a sensor node does not need an additional microprocessor.

Pre-Certified, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum

With modular FCC approval in the United States and IC approval in Canada, The HumRC™ pre-certified modules reduce the design cycle, cost and implementation of a wireless solution in 900 MHz. Available in two approaches to antenna connectivity - castellations or through a u.FL connector - the product is available as two different products.

Simplicity

Along with low cost being a key design feature, the Hummingbird Series modules were designed for ease of use. Focusing on a core Linx value, the HumRC™ Series wireless remote control module is designed for simplicity, compared to other designs that add unnecessary features, complexity and cost to their design. Housed in a compact reflow-compatible SMD package, the transceiver requires no external RF components except an antenna, which greatly simplifies integration and lowers assembly costs.

No programming is required for basic remote control operation, but it has a serial UART interface for more advanced operation. This interface allows configuration of everything that can be done in hardware plus advanced features. Everything is controlled by a few serial commands.

"Linx Technologies continues to add powerful options to its IoT ecosystem offerings with the Hummingbird Series Remote Control and Data Modules. With the addition of the Pre-Certified HumRC™ Series we have made it even easier for people to develop their remote control products for The Internet of Things." - Kris Lafko, VP of Marketing & Sales at Linx Technologies

Best in Class Master Development System

To aid rapid development, the HumRC™ Series low cost RF modules are available as part of a newly conceived type of Master Development System. This comprehensive development kit is designed to assist in the rapid evaluation and integration of the HumRC™ Series data transceiver modules. The all-inclusive system features several pre-assembled evaluation boards, which include everything needed to quickly test the operation of the transceiver modules.

About Linx Technologies

At its core, Linx Technologies is an RF module company. We are world leaders in supplying radio modules to remote control applications and we have extremely competitive modules for data transfer. Our tag line is Wireless Made Simple™, meaning that we specialize in making the complex world of radio frequency easy for engineers of all skill levels to use. They are designed for small size, high functionality, low power and low cost for volume manufacturing.

We support our module line with one of the broadest lines of antennas in the industry and high-quality, low cost RF connectors. Linx rounds out its product portfolio with GPS/GNSS modules, a variety of remote controls and keyfobs, battery holders, and custom cable assemblies.

With the addition of Smartlinx™, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Linx offers solutions from wireless components and electronics to cloud services, data management and user interface solutions. With this customers can remotely connect and control, record, store, analyze, and visualize their information. Linx's flexible Smartlinx™ IoT platform offers custom web and smart device applications tailored for the customers’ applications.

For more information about wireless products from Linx, visit www.linxtechnologies.com or call +1 800 736 6677 (+1 541 471 6256 outside the United States).

Linx Technologies Contact:
Kris Lafko
VP of Marketing and Sales
Phone: (541) 472-3731
Email: krisla@linxtechnologies.com

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Posted October 9, 2015