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Raltron LoRa development kit contains 60 passive components

Steve Rogerson
April 4, 2019



Florida-based frequency management company Raltron Electronics has launched a passive component LoRa development kit to ease IoT design projects.
 
The kit includes five product families with a total of 60 passive components, including crystals, filters and antennas commonly used in product development based on the LoRa protocol. There are components that facilitate IoT device development and meet LoRa protocol requirements in Asia, Europe and North America.
 
The passive components are designed to work with popular LoRa ICs from Semtech, Microchip and ST Microelectronics. These components have been chosen to speed design for use in multiple markets based on available licence-free radio bands.
 
There are three different sized 32MHz crystals that meet the frequency, thermal and performance requirements of the LoRa protocol. The kit also has 32 and 52MHz temperature compensated crystal oscillators. The crystals offer low-G sensitivity compatibility with LoRa standard requirements, and can be used for applications subjected to harsh environmental conditions such as acceleration forces.
 
To meet different regional LoRa performance requirements, the kit contains 433, 868 and 915MHz SAW filters as well as three different size stub antennas in the same frequencies. This is important as Asia, Europe and North America use different frequency bands for LoRa.
 
In addition, the development kit has 868 and 915MHz ceramic filters. A a memory stick contains product specifications for each component.
 
"LoRa is one of the fastest growing internet of things protocols and is quickly becoming the de facto technology for LPWAN connectivity," said Ross Weiss, VP of sales and marketing at Raltron. “Designed for long range, low power IoT solutions, LoRa enables a wide range of use cases like smart cities, buildings, agriculture, industrial and more. Our LoRa development kit makes IoT device design and implementation easier than ever, no matter what market or region the product will be sold into."
 
Founded in 1983, Raltron Electronics is a privately held ISO-9001: 2015 certified company that develops, manufactures, markets and sells worldwide a large variety of frequency management products including timing crystals, crystal oscillators, VCOs, VCXOs, TCXOs, OCXOs, filters, ceramic resonators, antennas, cables and connectors.