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MultiPoint Newsletter - January 2012 Issue

Dear Colleague,

We have provided typical questions and answers that represent in most cases technical opinions with justification in FCC, IC and CE requirements. The particulars of the product for certification must be considered with respect to the applicability of these questions and answers. We hope you find our update valuable and welcome your feedback if you have any special needs or questions. Call us at 703.689.0368 for your testing requirements. You can view archived issues of MultiPoint at our website.


Existing IC Certification - Adding New Technologies/Transmitters

Question: We manufacture Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) devices and would like to add a Bluetooth (BT) transmitter on a separate printed circuit board to our existing Industry Canada (IC) non-modular approval certification. Can we add this new model to our existing IC certification?

Answer: To answer your question, IC does not permit new technologies or new transmitters to be added to an existing IC certification. Therefore, you can only add your BT device if it was tested and data was submitted as part of the original certification.

IC's practice is to allow a company to depopulate a certified fully populated product, and create additional models to be added to the original certification at a later time. A fully populated product is one with multiple transmitters and/or all possible models of transmitters, i.e. WLAN, Bluetooth and GSM modules. To be eligible for this depopulation, the original certification application for the fully populated product must have included the complete test data and reports for all the modules and their respective variations. Essentially, this practice allows you to have additional product models in the same family that are depopulated versions of the original model.

If your original certification application did not include BT testing and data, you have two options:

  1. Request a new certification for the new model, which includes the Bluetooth module test data.
  2. Request a new modular approval certification for the BT transmitter and add it to the final product without it being a part of the original certification. Note: Adding a transmitter to an existing transmitter may require you to address the issue of collocation of multiple transmitters.

This is our understanding of IC’s policy regarding populated products. IC is the final arbiter on their standards and interpretations; before proceeding, we would suggest you send an inquiry to certification.bureau@ic.gc.ca for confirmation


White Space Spectrum - Unlicensed Television Band Devices (TVBDs) Test Procedure

Question: 斗地主达人What are white space devices and what are the test procedures for certifying equipment to operate under FCC Part 15 Subpart H of the White Space rules?

Answer: White space devices are unlicensed Television Band Devices (TVBDs) that use TV channels in the broadcast television frequency bands at 54–60 MHz (TV channel 2), 76–88 MHz (TV channels 5 and 6), 174–216 MHz (TV channels 7–13), 470–608 MHz (TV channels 14–36) and 614–698 MHz (TV channels 38–51). The available white space spectrum can be used for any application including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), video surveillance and rural Internet access. As there is potentially over 200 MHz of white space spectrum available below 700 MHz, these channels require interference avoidance with incumbent users such as existing TV broadcasters.
As noted, FCC regulates TVBD’s RF power, antenna gain, antenna height, frequencies, etc. Click 416721-d01-white-space-test-procedures-v01 to obtain information on the FCC TVBDs test procedure.


Wireless Handset Charging Battery Cover - FCC KDB Guidance

Question: We are a manufacturer of cellular handsets with wireless charging battery covers. What is the FCC test procedure for approving such handsets, and is a PBA (Permit But Ask) required for TCB review and approval?

Answer: The FCC will approve handsets that are designed with batteries that can be charged wirelessly through their battery covers, only if the implementation is in accordance with the Wireless Power Transfer Interface Definition and Protocol (WPTIDP) requirements established by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC standard). The handset wireless battery charging cover design should not deviate from this standard; it must include the operating frequencies, receiving coil design, and communication requirements of the standard. Furthermore, the charging hardware must be incorporated as an integral part of the battery cover, which is supplied by the manufacturer, or which can be acquired as an optional accessory for a specific handset model from the manufacturer.
If your handset wireless battery charging cover meets the requirements in the WPC standard, and if it is tested in accordance with the FCC’s procedure described in KDB 648474-D03-Handset-Wireless-Battery-Chargers-v01r01, a PBA is not required for TCB review and approval.
If your handset wireless charging battery cover utilizes other wireless protocols, you should submit a KDB inquiry to the FCC to confirm the test requirements first, and to avoid issues during the equipment certification process.


Digital Transmission System (DTS) - FCC KDB Guidance

Question: We manufacture a Digital Transmission System (DTS) WLAN device and want to ensure we are following the proper guidance for taking in-band, out-of band and restricted band radio frequency measurements. What are the measurement procedures?

Answer: The FCC recently released 558074 D01 Meas Guidance v01, a new guidance for performing in-band, out-of-band and restricted band compliance measurements on Digital Transmission Systems (DTS) operating Under 47CFR 15.247, which replaces the FCC’s previous guidance, Measurement of Digital Transmission System Operating under 15.247 March 23, 2005. Although both the old and new guidance can be used up to February 29th, 2012, the new guidance replaces the old one effective March 1st 2012, after which the old guidance can no longer be used.

Among other items, the new guidance:

  1. Revises and expands spectrum analyzer-based measurement methodologies.
  2. Revises procedure for measuring power spectral density.
  3. Expands guidance for measuring unwanted (out-of-band) emissions.
  4. Adds a new provision to permit antenna port conducted measurement of unwanted emissions in restricted bands..

The new guidance also addresses acceptable measurement configurations, required test conditions, transmit antenna performance considerations, and required compliance measurements. For more information on the new guidance click this link 558074 D01 DTS Meas Guidance v01.


Standards Updates

EU: NEW CENELEC STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the CENELEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (12/23/2011) - CEN-CENELEC Guidelines for Implementation of the Common IPR Policy on Patent (and other statutory intellectual property rights based on inventions)
  • - (12/23/2011) - Alarm systems - CCTV surveillance systems for use in security applications - Part 5-1: Video transmission - General video transmission performance requirements
  • - (12/23/2011) - Automatic electrical controls for household and similar use - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (1/6/2012) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 11: Equipment protection by intrinsic safety "i"
  • - (1/6/2012) - Structuring of technical information and documentation
  • - (1/6/2012) - Preparation of object lists, including parts lists
  • - (1/13/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (1/13/2012) - Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 4-442: Protection for safety - Protection of low-voltage installations against temporary overvoltages due to earth faults in the high-voltage system and due to faults in the low voltage system
  • - (1/13/2012) - Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 4-444: Protection for safety - Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances
  • - (1/13/2012) - Railway applications - Fixed installations - D.C. surge arresters and voltage limiting devices - Part 1: Surge arresters

See CENELEC for additional information.

EU: NEW ETSI STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  • - (January 2012) - Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN); 60 GHz Multiple-Gigabit WAS/RLAN Systems; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  • - (January 2012) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-1 version 9.6.0 Release 9)
  • - (January 2012) - Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.141 version 10.5.0 Release 10)

See ETSI website for additional information.

EU: NEW IEC STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (12/14/2011) - Amendment 1 - Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) - Part 6: Narrowband direct-printing telegraph equipment for the reception of navigational and meteorological warnings and urgent information to ships (NAVTEX)
  • - (12/15/2011) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-55: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of respiratory gas monitors
  • - (12/16/2011) - Corrigendum 1 - Fuel cell technologies - Part 6-100: Micro fuel cell power systems - Safety
  • - (12/16/2011) - This Test Report Form applies to IEC 61010-2-030: 2010 (First Edition) used in conjunction with IEC 61010-1: 2010 (Third Edition)
  • - (1/10/2012) - Amendment 2 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-23: Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care
  • - (1/10/2012) - Guide to the development and inclusion of safety aspects in International Standards for medical devices
  • - (1/10/2012) - Mechanical structures for electronic equipment - Dimensions of mechanical structures of the 482,6 mm (19 in) series - Part 3-107: Dimensions of subracks and plug-in units, small form factor
  • - (1/13/2012) - This Test Report Form applies to IEC 62109-1:2010 (First Edition)
  • - (January 2012) - Electromagnetic Compatibility of Multimedia equipment - Emission Requirements.

See for additional information.

US – FCC Launch of Customized MyFCC Dashboard

In late December 2011, the FCC launched , a new tool designed to let users create a customized FCC online experience for quick access to its tools and information.

Personalization options built into MyFCC make it possible to easily create, save and manage a customized page, choosing from a menu of widgets featuring a wide variety of the FCC’s most frequently used tools and services, according to the FCC blog。

Examples include the latest headlines and official documents, the Daily Digest, and quick access to forms and online filings。 The public beta offers 。 MyFCC also allows any individual or group to easily share content where it’s needed, either on or on other websites。 Each individual widget can be embedded on any other website and you can also create full dashboards of widgets to share with friends and colleagues。

FCC – Forum on DAS and Small Cell Solutions

Just The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in cooperation with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), will present an informational forum on distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell solutions on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.  The event will begin at 9:30 AM.

斗地主达人The forum will provide an overview of DAS and small cell technologies that augment mobile broadband and wireless services.  The forum will discuss uses of these technologies in both outdoor and indoor public spaces, including hospitals, business and historical districts, campuses, and transit systems.  Panelists will explore DAS and small cell equipment needs and business models, how these solutions benefit communities by expanding mobile broadband and wireless data coverage, and case studies in successful deployment.   

EU – Updated R&TTE Technical Guidance Note (TGN 01 Rev 5)

On December 27, 2011, the R&TTE Compliance Association issued TGN 01 Rev 5, Technical Guidance Note on Requirements for a Final Product that Integrates an R&TTE Directive Assessed Module. This technical note provided the following guidance:

  • Guidance of the Conformity Assessment to the Essential Requirements of the Directive
  • Technical Documentation Guidance
  • Notification (Radio modules only) Guidance
  • Marking Guidance

Mexico – COFETEL Expands Unlicensed Bands

斗地主达人On December 14, 2011, Mexico’s telecom approval agency, COFETEL, adopted 5470 – 5600 MHz and 5650 – 5725 MHz as unlicensed frequency bands.  The addition of these bands to the existing 2.4 GHz band increases the approved unlicensed bands for WiFI reliant devices such as laptops, tablets, etc.  

Korea – Regulatory Requirements for 2012

Just Currently in Korea, there are two certification authorities: MKE-KATS (regulates the EK mark) and KCC-National RRA (regulates the MIC mark). At present time, each organization operates its own approval scheme independently.  Additionally, MKE has its EMC and safety test requirements for the KC mark and KCC has its EMC and safety test requirement for the same KC mark.

In some cases, products have required KC mark certification from both MKE and KCC which has caused a burden for manufacturers with the repeated testing for the respective schemes。 Korean authorities have decided to streamline the process in order to prevent confusion and the duplication of testing。

The outcome of this effort is that KCC-NRRA will focus on EMC and MKE-KATS will focus on safety only。 After the rule goes into effect, most products will require an EMC certificate (issued by KCC) and safety certificate (issued by MKE)。

斗地主达人Beginning July 1, 2012, MKE will take over safety certifications for all IT/RF/Telecom products and KCC will take over all EMC requirements for IT/RF/Telecom products.

Also, beginning Januarly 1, 2012, KCC will require radiated emission measurements at the limit, above 1GHz, by the highest internal source of the device and also  conducted disturbance testing for devices with telecommunication ports.  The limit is the same as CISPR 22:2006.

Vietnam – New Technical Regulation System

Just Vietnam’s the telecommunications regulatory authority, (MIC), has recently published its mandatory technical regulations and standards for which it will accept test reports from recognized CABs designated by the United States as identified in (12/30/2011) to the APEC TEL MRA Phase I Procedures。

During 2011, Vietnam transitioned to this new technical regulation system. According to MIC, the changes are mainly editorial (new titles, updated formatting). Where relevant, the references to international standards (in the regulations) have been updated.

Please visit the following MIC web page to view all (in Vietnamese)。 A between the old regulations and the new regulations (see 12/30/2011 Annex I) has also been developed by MIC。

As of April 1, 2012, CABs must have the new regulations (12/30/2011 Annex I) listed on their Scope of Accreditation in order to apply to NIST for designation. Prior to that, NIST will designate applicant CABs for the new regulations based on the cross-reference list. The ISO/IEC 17025 scope of accreditation must contain the regulation’s numerical reference and the year as this is the manner in which these regulations are referenced on the MIC web site. Credit: This article was originally published by NIST –

Croatia – EU Member in 2013

Just On December 9, 2011, Croatia signed an EU Accession Treaty and is poised to become the 28th member of the European Union in July 2013.  The treaty was signed in Brussels and comes after six years of accession talks that involved pledges from Croatia to crack down on corruption.  Its membership must still be ratified by all 27 EU states and Croatia.

Meanwhile, EU leaders have postponed their decision on granting Serbia the status of EU membership candidate until March 2012.  The leaders cited concerns over Belgrade’s tense relations with Kosovo, its former province which declared independence in 2008.  Serbia had hoped to gain candidate status after extraditing the last of several dozen war crimes suspects earlier this year.

Croatia is to become second of the six republics of the former Yugoslavia to join the EU after Slovenia, which became a member in 2004.  All other countries that emerged from the former Yugoslavia — Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia — are seeking membership. 

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