SLOA247C July   2017  – March 2019 RF430FRL152H , RF430FRL153H , RF430FRL154H


  1.   Frequently asked questions for RF430FRL15xH devices
    1.     Trademarks
    2. 1 General Questions
      1. 1.1 What is the RF430FRL15xH?
      2. 1.2 What are the variations of the RF430FRL15xH?
      3. 1.3 What is the recommended hardware and software to evaluate the RF430FRL15xH?
      4. 1.4 I cannot purchase a TRF7970AEVM. How do I use the RF430FRL152HEVM GUI?
      5. 1.5 Does the RF430FRL15xH support NDEF messages?
      6. 1.6 What RF communication range can be expected with the RF430FRL15xH?
    3. 2 Hardware and Design Questions
      1. 2.1  What TI Designs are available for the RF430FRL152H?
      2. 2.2  How do I design and tune an antenna to 13.56 MHz for my application?
      3. 2.3  Why are the various external components required?
      4. 2.4  How much power can be sourced from the RF430FRL15xH?
      5. 2.5  What battery can be used with the RF430FRL15xH?
      6. 2.6  How should the switches be set on the RF430FRL152HEVM?
      7. 2.7  How can an external sensor be connected on the RF430FRL152HEVM?
      8. 2.8  What kinds of analog sensors can be used?
      9. 2.9  How can a digital sensor be used?
      10. 2.10 How can the internal temperature sensor be used?
      11. 2.11 What are the settings to program the RF430FRL152HEVM with an MSP-FET tool?
      12. 2.12 Is there a low-voltage programmer suitable for the RF430FRL15xH?
    4. 3 Software Questions
      1. 3.1 How is the RF430FRL15xH ROM library used?
      2. 3.2 What example firmware is available for the RF430FRL15xH?
        1. 3.2.1 Default Project
        2. 3.2.2 SensorHub Project
        3. 3.2.3 NFC Project
      3. 3.3 Is there an Android app available to interface with the RF430FRL15xH?
      4. 3.4 What is the procedure to change between 4- and 8-byte ISO/IEC 15693 blocks?
      5. 3.5 How can custom ISO/IEC 15693 commands be sent and received?
      6. 3.6 How can a simple SD14 ADC conversion be set up and executed, and the result read back?
      7. 3.7 Where is the software for the TIDM-RF430-TEMPSENSE EVM?
    5. 4 Miscellaneous Questions
      1. 4.1 How can the SD14 ADC result be converted to temperature?
      2. 4.2 Is there a way to program RF430FRL15xH over-the-air?
      3. 4.3 How can the battery-less NFC/RFID temperature sensing patch be used?
      4. 4.4 Is the RF430FRL15xH available as a bare die?
    6. 5 References
  2.   Revision History

I cannot purchase a TRF7970AEVM. How do I use the RF430FRL152HEVM GUI?

The TRF7970AEVM is no longer sold by Texas Instruments. For all RF430FRL152H topics that refer to the use of the TRF7970AEVM, use the DLP-7970ABP BoosterPack plug-in module and MSP-EXP430G2ET LaunchPad development kit instead.

The software binary can be found in the Debug folder of MSP430G2 LaunchPad TRF7970A BoosterPack Host Control Binary. The file name is TRF7970A_BoosterPack_MSP430G2.out. Use the latest version of Uniflash ( to load this file onto an MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad development kit.


To enable the firmware to run correctly on the MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad development kit, remove the jumper for P1.6. In the default configuration, P1.6 is connected to an LED, but the firmware requires this pin for SPI communication. When you remove the jumper, the firmware can use P1.6 for SPI communication as required.

For applications that require the Test Tab functionality, the TRF7970AEVM GUI is available for download.