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Ultra-Wideband Testing

UWB testing in the frequency range from 3.1 to 10.6 GHz

Provided that the corresponding devices work properly in the relevant frequency range – our exact Ultra-Wideband testing provides clarity.

Different definitions of Ultra-Wideband technology

Currently, the regulatory requirements still differ greatly from one another in some cases. In the EU, for example, the following definition of UWB technology applies:

European Commission and CEPT/ECC

Equipment using Ultra-Wideband technology is equipment that incorporates, as an integral part or accessory, short-range radio link technology that intentionally generates and transmits radio frequency energy. In this case, the technology propagates over a frequency range greater than 50 MHz and there may be overlap of multiple frequency bands allocated to radio transmission services.

 

In the USA and Canada, on the other hand, the frequency range is defined somewhat differently. Here, the assumption is at least 500 MHz:

USA – Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Ultrawideband transmitter is defined as a radiator that has a UWB bandwidth equal to or greater than 500 MHz
or a normalized bandwidth greater than 0.2 at any time.

Canada – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

The transmission bandwidth (-10dB) is at least 500 MHz or a fractional bandwidth greater than 0.2,
and the -10dB bandwidth is expected to be entirely between 3.1 and 10.6 GHz.

 

In Japan, on the other hand, a somewhat lower minimum bandwidth is assumed:

ARIB (Japan)

The transmission bandwidth (-10 dB) is at least 450 MHz.

Regulatory requirements for technology
and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) testing

Absorber chamber in which Ultra Wideband electrical equipment is subjected to tests.

In order to market a product with Ultra-Wideband technology, regulatory approval is required for the relevant target markets. The following requirements apply to our sample countries:

Europe: Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU:

  • Article 3.1(a) Electrical Safety (EN 62368-1)
  • Article 3.1(a) Human exposure
  • Article 3.1(b) EMV: ETSI EN 301 489-33
  • Article 3.2 Efficient and Effective use of spectrum (radio): e.g ETSI EN 302 065 –x

USA: FCC: Code of Federal Regulations part 15, subpart F

Canada: ISED Rule RSS-220

Japan: MIC, ARIB Standard STD-T91

Our services

Large UWB test laboratory in Germany

In our test laboratory in Germany, we perform Ultra-Wideband testing based on a wide range of international specifications. These specifications include, among others:

ETSI EN 301 489-33

Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM);
EMC standard for radio equipment and services;
Part 33: Specific conditions for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) communications devices

ETSI EN 302 065-X

Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology; Harmonised Standard
covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  • EN 302 065–1 – Requirements for Generic UWB applications
  • EN 302 065–2 – Requirements for UWB location tracking
  • EN 302 065–3 – Requirements for UWB devices for ground based vehicular applications
  • EN 302 065–4 – Material Sensing devices using UWB technology
  • EN 302 065–5 – Devices using UWB technology onboard aircraft

FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Subpart C §15.250 / Subpart F

Wideband Operation:

  • § 15.250 Operation of wideband systems within the band 5925-7250 MHz.

Ultra-Wideband Operation, e.g.:

  • 15.509 Technical requirements for ground penetrating radars and wall imaging systems.
  • 15.517 Technical requirements for indoor UWB systems.
  • 15.519 Technical requirements for hand held UWB systems.
  • ANSI C63.10:2013 chapter 9

RSS-210 / RSS-220

Wideband devices:

  • RSS-210 K: Wideband devices operating within the band 5925-7250 MHz

Devices Using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology, e.g.:

  • RSS-220 chapter 5: Communication Devices Using UWB Technology
  • RSS-220 chapter 6: Radar Imaging Devices Using UWB Technology

 

After the completed tests, we support you in the subsequent market approval of your products with UWB technology.

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