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MultiPoint Newsletter - April 2013

Change in Identification of Equipment

Question: We have a client who requires private labeling with their own model number and FCC ID for one of our FCC certified products.  How is this done?

Answer:  Under - Change in identification of equipment, the FCC permits the use of multiple FCC ID’s for the same equipment.  When the only change to an existing certification is a change in the trade name and/or model number, FCC policy allows a device already certified to be certified with a different FCC ID, with the same or different grantee code, provided there is an agreement between the original grantee code holder and the new applicant.

However, it’s not simply a matter of putting a different label on the certified device.  The FCC requires that a certification application be filed for the change in identification of equipment, and include the items outlined in FCC §2.933.  In addition to the specific items outlined, we recommend that your client’s §2.933 certification application include a letter from you as the original grantee holder stating your approval for the change in ID.
 


802.11 Device Operating in UNII 3 Band & §15.247

Question: We produce an IEEE 802.11 product that is capable of transmitting in both the U-NII 3 band (5.725-5.825 GHz) and the 5.8 GHz 15.247 band (5.725-5.850 GHz).  Which FCC guidance procedure do we use for testing?

Answer:  The FCC recently published two Knowledge Database (KDB) documents related to U-NII (Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure) devices, 斗地主达人644545 D01 Guidance for IEEE 802.11ac v01r01 and 644545 D02 Alternative Guidance for 802.11ac v01.

For your testing, you should reference KDB 644545 D02 Alternative Guidance for 802.11ac v01, per the explanation that follows.

The alternative guidance presented in 644545 D02 permits all emissions testing for operation between 5.725 GHz and 5.850 GHz to be performed using test procedures for U-NII devices with emission limits based on the U-NII rules, even though operations may extend above the 5.825 GHz upper bound of the highest U-NII band.

The alternative procedures ensure that the requirements of both digital transmission systems (DTS) in §15.247 and U-NII in §15 subpart E are satisfied.

The alternative guidance applies only to 802.11 devices; if you wish to apply similar techniques to a non-802.11 device, you will be required to submit a KDB inquiry to the FCC providing specific information about the device being tested.

644545 D01 Guidance for IEEE 802.11ac 01r01 should be used for demonstrating 802.11 device compliance with and , Sections §15.401 through §15.407 of the FCC rules and regulations.  This document provides guidance for emissions testing of IEEE 802.11ac™ and pre-ac devices.

Furthermore, it supplements the following KDB emissions testing guidance documents:

  • FCC KDB Publication 558074 for §15.247; 
  • FCC KDB Publication 789033 for §15.407 Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII); 
  • FCC KDB Publication 662911 for MIMO under any rule part; 
  • FCC 06-96 Appendix and FCC KDB Publication 443999 for Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) under §15.407. 
Please note that SAR measurements for devices requiring RF exposure testing will also be affected by the provisions of IEEE 802.11ac™.  SAR requirements are not addressed in this document. 

 


Request for Permanent Confidentiality

Question: We are applying for FCC certification and would like to request permanent confidentiality for the external photographs of our device.  Will the FCC allow this?

Answer:  The FCC rules and regulations permit two types of confidentiality that can be requested for certain exhibits included in a certification application.  Permanent or long-term confidentiality is intended to permanently safeguard trade secrets in accordance with and of the FCC rules.  Short-term confidentiality is intended to allow for the preparation of marketing a device without disclosing sensitive information to the public prior to the actual sale of the device.  726920 D01 Exhibit Confidentiality Table lists the exhibit type and the corresponding confidentiality request(s) that would be allowed for each.

As noted in this table, the FCC does not typically allow long-term confidentiality for external photographs however in its most recently published 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v13r01, Section A.2, Special Conditions, the FCC may review your request for permanent confidentiality under exceptional circumstances.  Your TCB should file a PBA with the FCC with supporting documentation for your permanent confidentiality request for external photographs.
 


Latest TCB Exclusion List

Question: We manufacture products that may be on the FCC’s TCB equipment exclusion list. What is the latest version of this list?

Answer:  On April 8, 2013 the FCC published 628591 D01 TCB Exclusion List V15.  TCBs cannot certify the equipment on this list, or equipment with RF exposure requirements described therein.  Applications for equipment certification that are excluded from TCB processing, including a change in FCC ID under §2.933 for such equipment, must be submitted directly to the FCC for certification.

The list includes the following (click on link above for the complete list):

  • Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) devices with Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) capability (), including client devices operating in the DFS bands that have radar detection capability.
  • Ultra-wideband (UWB) Devices () 
  • Split Modular Transmitters authorized under
  • Implanted Transmitters with maximum total available output power >1.0 mW (in all rule parts)
  • 700 MHz Band Transmitters (698 to 806 MHz, )
  • Television Band Devices (TVBD) ()
  • MedRadio Transmitters designed to operate in 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, 451-457, and 2360-2400 MHz bands ()
  • Signal Boosters and devices subject to the rules adopted by the Commission in FCC 13-21 (WTB Docket 10-4) on February 20, 2013 ( and ).

 


Standards Updates

 

EU: New CENELEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (3/22/2013) - Electric instantaneous water heaters - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (3/22/2013) - Low-voltage surge protective devices - Surge protective devices for specific application including d.c. - Part 11: Requirements and tests for SPDs in photovoltaic applications
  • - (3/22/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-2: Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances
  • - (3/22/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-8: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: General requirements, tests and guidance for alarm systems in medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems
  • - (3/22/2013) - Ultrasonics - Hydrophones - Part 1: Measurement and characterization of medical ultrasonic fields up to 40 MHz
  • - (3/22/2013) - Ultrasonics - Hydrophones - Part 2: Calibration for ultrasonic fields up to 40 MHz
  • - (3/22/2013) - Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 7-710: Requirements for special installations or locations - Medical locations
  • - (04/5/2013) - Connectors for electronic equipment - Tests and measurements - Part 28-100: Signal integrity tests up to 1 000 MHz on IEC 60603-7 and IEC 61076-3 series connectors - Tests 28a to 28g
  • - (04/5/2013) - Boxes and enclosures for electrical accessories for household and similar fixed electrical installations - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (04/5/2013) - Passive RF and microwave devices, intermodulation level measurement - Part 5: Measurement of passive intermodulation in filters
  • - (04/5/2013) - Passive RF and microwave devices, intermodulation level measurement - Part 6: Measurement of passive intermodulation in antennas
  • - (04/12/2013) - Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets - Conductive charging of electric vehicles - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (04/12/2013) - Low-voltage fuses - Part 3: Supplementary requirements for fuses for use by unskilled persons (fuses mainly for household and similar applications) - Examples of standardized systems of fuses A to F
  • - (04/19/2013) - Boxes and enclosures for electrical accessories for household and similar fixed electrical installations - Part 24: Particular requirements for enclosures for housing protective devices and other power dissipating electrical equipment
  • - (04/19/2013) - Ultrasonics - Physiotherapy systems - Field specifications and methods of measurement in the frequency range 0,5 MHz to 5 MHz
  • - (04/26/2013) - Mechanical structures for electronic equipment - Tests for IEC 60917 and IEC 60297 - Part 3: Electromagnetic shielding performance tests for cabinets and subracks

See for additional information。


EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

斗地主达人This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  • - (April 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum matters (ERM); Methods, parameters and test procedures for cognitive interference mitigation towards ER-GSM for use by UHF RFID using Detect-And-Avoid (DAA) or other similar techniques
  • - (April 2013) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 2-2: Specification of environmental tests; Transportation
  • - (April 2013) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 2-3: Specification of environmental tests; Stationary use at weather-protected locations
  • - (April 2013) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 1: Introduction and common requirements

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EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (3/28/2013) - Railway applications - Insulation coordination - Part 1: Basic      requirements - Clearances and creepage distances for all electrical and electronic equipment
  • - (4/9/2013) - Fire hazard testing - Part 2-10: Glowing/hot-wire based test methods - Glow-wire apparatus and common test procedure
  • - (4/11/2013) - Corrigendum 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-2: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modeling - Measurement instrument uncertainty 
  • - (4/11/2013) - Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 V a.c and 1 500 V d.c - Equipment for testing, measuring or monitoring of protective measures - Part 14: Equipment for testing the safety of electrical equipment for machinery 
  • - (4/19/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-3: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard:     Radiation protection in diagnostic X-ray equipment 
  • - (4/19/2013) - Amendment 1 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-3: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Radiation protection in diagnostic X-ray equipment
  • - (4/19/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - ALL PARTS
  • - (4/23/2013) - Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - ALL PARTS
  • - (4/23/2013) - Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - Part 31: Particular safety and EMC requirements for sewing machines, units and systems
  • - (4/23/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-33: Particular requirements    for the basic safety and essential performance of magnetic resonance equipment for medical diagnosis
  • - (4/23/2013) - Amendment 1 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-33: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of magnetic resonance equipment for medical diagnosis 
  • - (4/23/2013) - Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 26: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Human body model (HBM)
  • - (4/25/2013) - Environmental testing - Part 2-57: Tests - Test Ff: Vibration - Time-history and sine-beat method
  • - (4/26/2013) - Corrigendum 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-21: Particular requirements for storage water heaters

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US – FCC Issues New FCC Draft Publications 

斗地主达人In early April, the FCC released the following draft publications which will impact a variety of products:

Canada – New Issue of RSS-142

On April 13, 2013, Industry Canada published Notice No. SMSE-008-13 alerting that the following Radio Standards Specification (RSS) came into effect immediately:

Radio Standards Specification RSS 142, Issue 5: , which sets out the certification requirements for radio transmitters and receivers of Narrowband Multipoint Communication Systems (N MCS), including utility telemetry systems, in the band 1429.5 1432 MHz.

The above mentioned document was updated to reflect Industry Canada’s recent decision to rescind the operation of N MCS equipment in the frequency band 1493.5 1496.5MHz.

Malaysia – Change in Module Rule

Malaysia’s Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) has recently advised that Modular Approval will no longer be accepted for modules installed in Tablet computers.  Each Tablet computer will need to be approved in full, regardless of whether it houses approved modules.  However, there is no official guidance available yet nor an official date of when the new rule was implemented and will be enforced.

It should be noted that this change does not affect Notebook computers.  Notebook computers may still use the ‘modular approval + add host’ scheme, wherein the RF radios are approved as modules and then each host device is listed on the approval for the modules..

Mongolia – Status of New Type Approval Scheme

Recently, Mongolia’s Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) advised that Type Approval for radio and telecommunications equipment has been put on hold.   Mongolia is currently in a transition period with a new conformity assessment scheme being established and the implementation of Mongolian law on “Standardization and Conformity Assessment” and review of associated documents such as “Reviewing issuance of licenses and certificates”.  The review of those documents is expected to be finalized September 2013 and during this transition time, no Type Approval certificates will be issued.  However radio and telecommunication equipment can still enter the country. 

Bolivia – Delay in New Type Approval Scheme

Previously, in October 2012, Bolivia’s “Ley 164” was approved and requires that all radio products must have Type Approval before entering the country.  Bolivia’s Telecommunications Authority, ATT (Autoridad de Regulación y Fiscalización de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes), was then granted a period of 6 months to establish these Type Approval regulations and procedures.  Prior to Ley 164, Type Approval was voluntary only.   Recently however, ATT has advised that their new Type Approval scheme is not yet in place.  Final drafts of the regulations and requirements are expected to be reviewed for official approval around the end of May 2013. 

During this transition period, ATT is allowing manufacturers the option of obtaining a Temporary Approval.  ATT has advised this process is voluntary only and does not negate the need to reapply for Type Approval once the official regulations and procedures are in place.

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