June 8, 2012 — The new NT Series RF transceiver module from Linx makes it simple to send and receive digital data in the 902 to 928MHz band. Its True Transparency interface lets the user create a wireless wire for use with nonstandard data rates, custom protocols, or encodings such as PWM and Manchester. The module features best-in-class receive sensitivity (up to −113dBm) and low power consumption (only 19.2mA in receive mode and 15.2mA in transmit mode at 0dBm).
Unlike so-called transparent modules that require a UART interface and buffering scheme, the NT Series reduces latency by transmitting raw data. To transfer data, all the user has to do is connect circuitry to the input line of the sending transceiver and the output line of the receiving transceiver. The module is completely hardware-configurable. Although programming is not required, the NT Series allows for communication and microcontroller programming over a UART connection, which lets the user implement a frequency agility scheme such as frequency hopping or listen before talk.
To aid rapid development, the NT Series transceiver is available as part of a master development system. The system comes with two development boards for benchmarking and prototyping, each of which is populated with a transceiver. The boards include lights that show you which areas are active as well as other enhancements that simplify the development experience. To help you get started, the system also includes antennas, a daughter board with a USB interface, demonstration software, extra modules and connectors.
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