Mouser distributes Microchip's SAM R30 Sub-GHz Module
Published: 29 August 2019 - Christian Lynn
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the SAM R30 sub-GHz module from Microchip Technology. A small IEEE 802.15.4-compliant module, the SAM R30 combines an ultra-low-power microcontroller with a sub-GHZ radio, in a 12.7 × 11mm package, enabling long-lasting battery life in space-constrained designs, like wireless-networked sensors and controls in home automation, Smart city, and industrial applications.
The Microchip SAM R30 module is based on a Microchip SAMR30E18A system-in-package (SiP), featuring 32-bit Arm Cortex-M0+ core and up to 256 Kbytes of flash and 40 Kbytes of RAM. Designed for use in unlicensed sub-1GHz frequency bands worldwide — such as 780MHz (China), 868MHz (Europe), and 915MHz (North America) — the module delivers receive (RX) sensitivity up to -105dBm and transmit (TX) output power up to +8.7dBm.
The module offers double the connectivity range, with augmented communication through walls and floors. Featuring an ultra-low-power sleep mode of under 800nA, the SAM R30 module is ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor applications that require long battery life. Further, developers can implement propriety point-to-point, star, or self-healing mesh networks with Microchip’s MiWi protocol stack.
Mouser also stocks the SAM R30M Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit, which includes an onboard embedded debugger, QTouch button, two Xplained Pro extension headers, and embedded current measurement circuitry. The board features both a chip antenna and an SMA connector for an external antenna, a digital temperature sensor, and USB-UART/I2C convertor. The board is supported by the Atmel Studio integrated development platform, which provides predefined application examples.
Both the module and the evaluation kit are certified with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Industry Canada (IC), and Radio Equipment Directive (RED), allowing designers to focus on time-to-market, instead of RF testing certification costs.
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