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MultiPoint Newsletter - April 2015

斗地主达人Indonesia Technical Provisions for the Use of 5.8 GHz Radio Frequency Band for Wireless Broadband Services 

Question: Our engineers are looking at how to configure our module to comply with Indonesia regulations. What are the power level limits in the 5725-5825 MHz band, and which protocols are allowed in this band?

Answer:  In the 5.8 GHz radio frequency band, power transmission for the following applications is limited as shown:
  1)    P-to-P (Point-to-Point) Application
          a.    Maximum mean EIRP: 36 dBm
          b.    Maximum mean EIRP density: 23 dBm/MHz
  2)    P-to-MP (Point-to-Multipoint) Application
          a.    Maximum mean EIRP: 36 dBm
          b.    Maximum mean EIR density: 23 dBm/MHz
  3)    AP-MP (Any Point-to-Multipoint) Application
          a.    Maximum mean EIRP: 33 dBm
          b.    Maximum mean EIRP density: 20 dBm/MHz
  4)    Mesh Application
          a.    Maximum mean EIRP: 33 dBm
          b.    Maximum mean EIRP density: 20 dBm/MHz

Furthermore, the bandwidth is limited to 20 MHz in the 5.8 GHz radio frequency band. The only protocol allowed in the 5725-5825 MHz band is 802.11a.


Lithium-ION Battery Testing in Japan

Question: We are confused about the PSE Mark requirement for Lithium-ion batteries shipped to Japan. Is this requirement only for batteries intended for consumer/residential use, or does it also include batteries used in commercial environments, such as industrial warehouses for data collection products?

Answer: Per , the regulatory scope for lithium-ion batteries is as follows “Lithium-ion batteries (limited to those consisting of secondary cell of which energy density is no less than 400Wh/L (Watt hour/Liter), excluding those used for automobiles, motorcycles, medical appliances, industrial appliances”.

Lithium-ion batteries for industrial appliances, those that employees use exclusively in their business operations (e.g. professional data collection products, professional video cameras, etc.), fall outside of the regulatory scope.  Therefore, the lithium-ion batteries within your data collection product are excluded and do not require PSE mark approval for Japan. 

In summary, the PSE Mark requirement applies to lithium-ion batteries intended for both consumer/residential and commercial environments, except those excluded in the scope。

Note: The PSE Mark is a mandatory mark for Japan per the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (DENAN).  It is administered by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).  Products regulated under the DENAN law are categorized as specified products and non-specified products.  Specified products require certificates from a conformity assessment body and the application of the PSE Mark, while non-specified products require mandatory compliance declared via application of the self-affixed PSE Mark, but not necessarily via certificates from a METI conformity assessment body.

 


Russia, Turkey and Brazil 2.4/5 GHz IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 Module Approval

Question: We intend to expand into Russia, Turkey, and Brazil with a 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity module with an integrated TCP/IP stack, full support for IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 dual-mode air standards with a fully integrated security supplicant providing 802.11i/WPA2 Enterprise authentication, data encryption, and BT protocol stacks.  Before we proceed, we would like to confirm the controlling standard(s) for each country, and to determine if it’s more prudent for us as the module manufacturer to seek modular approval for each of these countries, if available, or for our customers to seek host level approval for their end products.

Answer: Russia uses Ministry Order No. 124 as the testing standard for 5 GHz.  From an RF perspective, modular approval is sufficient for the host, however the host products might need additional approvals (such as Customs Union approval) to cover the EMC and safety aspects.
 
Brazil uses Resolution 506 as the testing standard for 5 GHz bands.  Modular approval is fully sufficient for host notebooks that use approved modules, however for other RF telecommunications devices, host level approval is likely to be needed even if the installed module(s) have been approved.  Having said that, modular approval can still be beneficial if the module is intended to be installed into multiple host devices, as the modular RF local test reports, valid for 2 years from date of issue, can be leveraged for host approvals.
 
Turkey uses EN 301 893 as the testing standard for 5 GHz bands; the permitted bands are 5150-5350 MHz (with maximum 200mW) and 5470-5725 MHz (with maximum 1W).  Modular approval is only useful if the module is imported as a standalone device or as a spare part.  If the module is installed into a host device, we recommend that host level approval is pursued.


FCC Limited Modular Approval, Current Carrier Systems

Question: We are a product manufacturer and have two unrelated questions:

  1. Our wireless modular device does not have an onboard voltage regulator, as required by the FCC Limited Modular Approval (LMA) policy. Will the FCC/TCB approve our LMA application for certification?
  2. We have a separate 47CFR§213 CCS device that we would like to certify, instead of verify. How do we obtain certification for our device?

Answer:  If your wireless modular device meets all the requirements of  and complies with  but lacks a voltage regulator, the FCC/TCB will most likely approve your certification application。 However, please note the following:

In order to meet the conditions of FCC Limited Modular Approval, your modular device can only be marketed in the same exact configuration in which it was tested and approved, including the power supply if any.  As a result, you are responsible for ensuring that your modular device is only installed in the tested and approved host(s), and only powered by the tested and approved power supply(ies).  In order for your modular device to be used in any other hosts or with any other power supply, you would need to submit a Class 2 Permissive change application and receive approval.

With regard to the CCS device, as you are most likely aware, and indicate that it should be verified prior to marketing, pursuant to Part 2 Subpart J-Equipment Authorization Procedures。  To instead apply for certification for your CCS device, include an attestation statement in your FCC certification application that clearly states that this device only requires verification but that you are seeking certification instead.


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:

  •  - (4/1/2015) - Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe
  •  -(4/3/2015) - General requirements for Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES) and Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) - Part 2: Environmental conditions
  •  - (4/3/2015) Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus - Part 2: Immunity - Product family standard
  •  - (4/3/2015) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-30: Testing and measurement techniques - Power quality measurement methods
  •  - (4/3/2015) - Double-capped LED lamps designed to retrofit linear fluorescent lamps - Safety specifications
  •  - (4/10/2015)- Electromechanical elementary relays - Part 1: General and safety requirements

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 2015) -VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL) Mode 4 radio equipment; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for ground-based equipment; Part 1: EN for ground equipment
  •  - (April 2015) - VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL) Mode 4 radio equipment; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for ground-based equipment; Part 2: General description and data link layer
  •  - (April 2015) - VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL) Mode 4 radio equipment; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for ground-based equipment; Part 3: Additional broadcast aspects
  • (April 2015) - VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL) Mode 4 radio equipment; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for ground-based equipment; Part 4: Point-to-point functions
  •  (April 2015) - VHF air-ground and air-air Digital Link (VDL) Mode 4 radio equipment; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for aeronautical mobile (airborne) equipment; Part 1: Physical layer
  •  - (April 2015)  - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Test Specification for the RFID Interoperability Test Event in Brazil May 2011

See for additional information.

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (3/27/2015) - Environmental testing - Part 2-58: Tests - Test Td: Test methods for solderability, resistance to dissolution of metallization and to soldering heat of surface mounting devices (SMD)
  • - (3/27/2015) - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
  • - (3/27/2015) - Amendment 1 - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
  • - (3/30/2015) - Specification of the radio data system (RDS) for VHF/FM sound broadcasting in the frequency range from 87,5 MHz to 108,0 MHz
  • - (3/30/2015) - Radio data system (RDS) - Receiver products and characteristics - Methods of measurement
  • -  (3/31/2015) - Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment - Emission requirements
  • - (4/9/2015) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-81: Particular requirements for foot warmers and heating mats
  •   - (4/9/2015) - Installations for electroheating and electromagnetic processing - General performance test methods
  • - (4/13/2015) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 4-3: Guidance and interpretation - Considerations of unaddressed safety aspects in the third edition of IEC 60601-1 and proposals for new requirements

See for additional information.

US - FCC Publishes Special Consideration for Long-Term Confidentiality

On March 5, 2015, the FCC published replacing the previous version (726920 D01 Confidentiality Request Procedures v01).  The changes made to the new version are in Section II, Long-Term Confidentiality, and include special consideration for internal photos and user manuals.

US – FCC Published Signal Booster Draft for Public Comment

斗地主达人On April 13, 2015, the FCC published draft for comment。  The draft updates two attachments to the publication:  (1) 935210 D02 Signal Booster Certification v02r01, (2) 935210 D03 Signal Booster Measurements v02r01, and adds a new attachment 935210 D05 Indus Booster Basic Meas v01 to replace annex D in the current 935210 D02 Signal Booster Certification v02r01。

EU - R&TTE CA Published Guidance on Guidance for Report Checking

During March 2015, the R&TTE Compliance Association issued The guidance is intended to help Notified Bodies confirm the integrity and validity of test reports submitted by agents, manufacturers or test laboratories with which the Notified Body does not have consistent experience.

Malaysia - Implementation of Online Self Labelling Program 

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and its appointed Certifying Agency, SIRIM, launched a Self-Labelling Program (SLP) on February 24, 2015.  This program will be fully implemented beginning June 1, 2015 and will replace the conventional labeling program (physical label).
 
The SLP is for certified communication products whereby the certificate holder or manufacturer self-labels their certified products according to related guidelines and procedures. The SLP is the certification mark with the following information for the certified product:

  1. The logo design
  2. The word “MCMC”
  3. Unique ID, i.e. Common ID (CID) or Certificate Holder ID (HID)

 The certification mark is presented on the product through the methods of e-Labelling or Surface-Labelling, depending on the suitability of the product’s design.

Costa Rica - SUTEL No Longer Accepting Family Approvals 

Costa Rica’s Type Approval Authority, SUTEL, now requires that each model has its own certificate while previously, family approvals were allowed。  Any difference between models, such as color, hardware, or software, will require separate Type Approval certificates。

Mexico - COFEPRIS Adds Hundreds of Devices to List of Products Not Requiring Registration in Mexico 

Mexico’s medical device market regulator, COFEPRIS, recently added 573 items to its not considered medical devices, effectively removing registration as a requirement for importation, distribution or sale of these products in Mexico。  Most of the products added to the no-registration list share low-risk profiles, or are components or accessories to other medical devices。  Most notably, standalone software remains on the list of products not required to be registered with COFEPRIS。

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