This document provides the user of Texas Instruments' low-power RF products with an overview of the
different characterization tests (conducted, not radiated) that are performed during the device verification process. This descriptive document enables users to have a better understanding of the systems and functions, and also presents general information about device testing under various conditions and parameters. The document covers the basic setup of the test system and gives procedural information about each test.
Texas Instruments’ low-power RF products make it easier to build wireless links for remote control,
metering, and sensing applications. In most cases, they are used inside unlicensed, or license-free,
wireless products. Unlicensed means only that the user of these products does not need an individual
license from the telecommunication regulatory authorities. Unlicensed does not mean unregulated; the
wireless product itself must usually meet strict regulations and be certified by the appropriate regulatory
authorities. The different international regulatory authorities such as the FCC, ETSI, and ARIB regulate the
use of radio receivers and transmitters. These bodies maintain specifications that must be met by all
devices for each of the tests mentioned in the application report.
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