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Kits & Evaluation Modules

Wireless Connectivity kits and evaluation modules consist of an array of boards ranging from demo and application-specific hardware to full-feature development kits for hardware performance testing and software development.

RF430FRL152H Evaluation Module

The RF430FRL152HEVM evaluation module is a self-contained development platform used to evaluate the features and performance of the RF430FRL15xH NFC ISO 15693 sensor transponder. The evaluation board can be powered with a battery, USB or by harvesting RF energy from a nearby NFC-enabled reader or smartphone. The embedded application code in ROM manages RF communication and sensor readings to provide the ultimate flexibility in configuring the device.

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RF430CL330H NFC T4BT Platform BoosterPack

The DLP-RF430BP, from third party provider DLP Design, is an add-on board designed to fit TI's MCU LaunchPads and incorporates the RF430CL330H.

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TRF7970A NFC BoosterPack

The third party provider DLP Design NFC/RFID BoosterPack (DLP-7970ABP) is an add-on board designed to fit all of TI's MCU LaunchPads. This BoosterPack allows the software application developer to get familiar with the functionalities of TRF7970A multi-protocol fully integrated 13.56 MHz NFC/ HF RFID IC on their TI embedded microcontroller platform of choice without having to worry about developing the RF section.

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Dynamic NFC Transponder Evaluation Kit

Begin evaluating NFC designs using the Dynamic NFC Transponder Evaluation Kit. Get a secure, simplified pairing process for Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connections with the only dynamic NFC tag device designed specifically for NFC connection handover and service interface functions, including host diagnostics and software upgrades. The kit contains the RF430CL330HTB Target Board and the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board.

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NFCLink LaunchPad Evaluation Kit Bundle

This bundled solution contains the DLP Design NFC/RFID BoosterPack (DLP-7970ABP) which is an add-on board designed to fit all of TI’s MCU LaunchPads and the MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad. This bundle allows the software application developer to get familiar with the functionalities of TRF7970A NFC transceiver IC without having to worry about developing the RF section and the NFCLink software firmware library enables developers to quickly and easily create NFC applications in all three operating modes reader/writer, card emulation and peer-to-peer for the TRF7970A NFC transceiver.

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All in one NFC Evaluation Kit

For evaluating the complete NFC solution with Dynamic NFC Transponder Interface, NFC Transceiver IC and NFCLink software, the all-in-one NFC Evaluation Kit, contains the TRF7970ATB Target Board, the MSP-EXP430F5529 USB Experimenter's Board, RF430CL330HTB Target Board and the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board. Everything you need to begin evaluating your NFC designs.

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All-in-One-NFC Evaluation-kiet

RF430F5978EVM Evaluation Module

The RF430F5978EVM including the user software SLRC001 is a complete evaluation platform to evaluate the key features of RF430F5978:

  • 3D LF long range trigger/wake up function
  • Passive, batteryless transponder communication
  • Resonant trimming

In a typical sequence, the MRD2EVM LF Transmitter would send a 64 Bit wake pattern and as soon as the RF430F5978EVM Board is within the supply range (typical ~ 2m with this set up, but can reach up to 10m with an LF power transmitter) and detects a valid wake pattern, will then activate the microcontroller.

The microcontroller will then measure the RSSI (Receive Signal Strenth) of all 3 axes on the 3D LF antenna, interpret the orientation and distance of the device, measure the temperature as well as battery/system voltage and send back the information via the onboard UHF Transceiver to the AP434R01 Access Point.

The returned data will be visualized by the user software SLRC001, showing the signal strength on all 3 axes as well as temperature and supply voltage logging data.

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TRF7970A Evaluation Module

The TRF7970A EVM is a self contained development platform which can be used to independently evaluate/test the performance of the TRF7970A RFID/Near Field Communications (NFC) Transceiver IC, custom firmware, customer designed antennas and/or potential transponders for a customer defined RFID/NFC application.

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The TRF7970ATB Evaluation Module allows the software application developer to get familiar with the functionalities of TRF7970A Multi-Protocol Fully Integrated 13.56-MHz NFC/ HF RFID IC on their Texas Instruments Embedded microcontroller platform of choice without having to worry about the RF section.

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The microreader evaluation board (RI-STU-MRD2) is a complete USB-based reader module providing the hardware and software to communicate with TI's low-frequency (LF), half-duplex (HDX), and advanced transponders for programming and tuning after the production phase. The USB reader-writer stick contains the RI-STU-MRD2 DIL module, which is mounted on an antenna base board with a USB connector and a selection of TI HDX LF transponders. The RI-STU-MRD2 is backward compatible with the RS232 based RISTU- MRD1 reader module.

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EZ430-TMS37157 - PaLFI, Passive Low Frequency Evaluation Kit

The PaLFI Evaluation kit contains all components required to evaluate and operate the TMS37157. The kit comes with an eZ430 MSP430F1612 USB development stick, and an MSP430 Target board including an MSP430F2274 plus the TMS37157 PaLFI. A battery board for active operation in addition to an RFID Base station reader/writer provide the infrastructure for various evaluation set ups.

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Wireless network stacks, peripheral and driver libraries and software application examples that simplify designing wireless applications.

NFCLink Standalone Firmware

The TI NFCLink Standalone solution provides open-source firmware supporting the three NFC operating modes – Peer-to Peer, Card Emulation, and Reader/Writer – on the TRF7970A. The NFC stack is configurable to support specific NFC operating modes and the example project comes with a simple PC GUI to select various operating modes and send/receive data.

The firmware was designed on the MSP430 F5xx family, but can be ported to other MCUs.

Near Field Communication (NFC) Reader/Writer
Near Field Communication (NFC) Card Emulation
Near Field Communication (NFC) Active and Passive Peer to Peer Communication

RFID Reader/Writer Firmware

TI’s RFID Reader/Writer example firmware provides an open-source solution for the TRF79xxA series of devices to read data from various RFID transponders. It has a basic driver for the TRF79xxA and supports anti-collision for ISO15693 and ISO14443A. The provided example has tag data output over UART to be viewed on a PC serial COM terminal. The firmware was developed on the MSP430G2553 as a low resource micro-controller example that requires less than 16kB flash/512 bytes of RAM, and can be ported to other MCUs.

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NFCLink NFC/HF RFID Firmware

NFCLink is a library of NFC & HF RFID firmware using the NCI protocol to communicate to a host OS or MPU. As of today, NFCLink supports MSP430 5xx and 6xx series devices.

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Selecting a Development Environment—Beginning Development

RF430 MCUs are supported by a complete ecosystem of software tools for beginners to experienced engineers.

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Full Featured IDEs

A variety of IDEs are available for more advanced software design. These environments feature full debugging capability, additional design support and optimization tools.

Code Composer Studio for MSP
IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart

Full Featured IDEs

Development Tools

Get started with your programming using these development tools for RF testing, configuration and code generation.

RF430CL330HTB Dynamic NFC Transponder Target Board

The Texas Instruments RF430CL330H target board is used to demonstrate the capabilities of the RF430CL330H and help aid in the development process by providing a working hardware/firmware reference example for NFC operations.

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