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By Beth Bacheldor

Time Domain’s PulsON 330 RTLS Module Uses DecaWave’s DW1000 UWB chip

Time Domain has announced the release of its new PulsON 330 (P330) original equipment manufacturer (OEM) module, targeted at firms developing industrial, navigation and tracking applications. The P330 incorporates the DW1000 chip from Irish UWB chipmaker DecaWave.

The DW1000 chip is designed to be built into an active RFID tag, transceiver, machine or electronic shelf for low-cost real-time location system (RTLS) applications. DecaWave released the DW1000 chip in 2013 after spending nearly a decade developing it (see DecaWave Intros Ultra-wideband Active RFID Module.

The P330 module is a flexible development platform designed to quickly familiarize users with the capabilities of UWB ranging and communications and enable rapid prototyping of systems for validation in unique operating environments, according to Time Domain. Each P330 module supports two-way ranging and communications with an accuracy of 10 centimeters in high multipath, GPS-denied environments and data rates of up to 6.8 Mbps, the company says. The P330 bears the same form factor as the company’s P440 UWB industrial modules (to allow drop-in replacement for the latter), use industrial temperature-rated components, and offer a variety of interface options (USB, Ethernet, SPI, serial, and CAN). Using the DecaWave chip as the underlying UWB technology, the P330 meets the specifications of the IEEE 802.15.4, a standard for ranging and communications, and supports multi-band operation.

Developers begin with a kit that supplements the P330 hardware with evaluation software, sample C and MATLAB code, and engineering support hours. The development kit also includes software that enables users to configure and implement their own navigation and tracking networks based on either ALOHA or TDMA protocols, according to Time Domain. The software and applications programming interfaces (APIs) are identical across the entire Time Domain product portfolio.

The P330 Ranging and Localization Development Kit is now available for pre-order, with shipments slated to begin in late third quarter.

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