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MultiPoint Newsletter - December 2013

Battery-Operated Hotspot Devices

Question: We manufacture a battery-operated mobile device that incorporates a hotspot mode. What is the latest FCC procedure for such a device?

Answer: The FCC recently released 941225 D06 Hotspot Mode SAR v01r01 which describes the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) requirements for hotspot devices with the capability to enable wireless router functions for use in portable RF exposure conditions. The document addresses the following SAR issues:

  • General hotspot mode SAR test requirements
  • Hotspot mode SAR test requirements for hand-held and other near-body use conditions
  • Head and body-worn accessory SAR test requirements for handsets with hotspot mode

Receivers in Co-located Transmitters

Question: When evaluating co-located Radio frequency (RF) exposure, does the FCC consider the receivers in configurations with simultaneous transmitters?

Answer: No, the FCC does not consider the receivers in simultaneous transmitter configurations for co-location evaluation. Two important criteria that the FCC does use to determine if simultaneous transmission occurs and if so, which category, mobile or portable, it falls under for RF exposure evaluation, are as follows:

  • All transmitters are configured to transmit at the same time
  • A distance of 20 cm is used to determine whether mobile or portable radio frequency exposure is applicable

Prior to the publication of KDB 447498 D01 General RF Exposure Guidance v05r01, if a 20 cm distance separated the transmitters, co-location RF evaluation was not required. With this KDB publication, RF exposure evaluation, specifically SAR evaluation, for co-located transmitters in portable devices is based on a formula of frequency, distance from user, power, and other transmitter operating considerations. In short, for portable devices with co-located transmitters, the FCC requires evidence of how the transmitters are transmitting independently, as well as evidence on how simultaneous transmitting exclusions are applied with respect to SAR evaluation.


Changes to PCB of Certified Device

Question: We are making changes to the printed circuit board (PCB) in our certified device and would like to continue marketing our device with the same FCC ID. Is this allowed under the FCC rules and regulations?

Answer: The FCC may allow depopulating non-transmitting minor circuitry sections of the PCB, such as receiver, peripheral circuits, or some other digital function, under the same FCC ID. If you severely depopulate your PCB, the FCC will most likely require a new FCC ID.

FCC 47CFR§2.907 states that a certification is an equipment authorization issued by the Commission, based on representations and test data submitted by the applicant; furthermore certification attaches to all units subsequently marketed by the grantee which are identical to the sample tested, except for permissive changes or other variations authorized by the Commission pursuant to 47CFR§2.1043.

In accordance with 47CFR§2.908, the term “identical” means identical within the variation that can be expected to arise as a result of quantity production techniques.

Please reference for further explanation on this topic.


Cellular Handset SAR Requirements

Question: Where can we find the requirement for RF exposure compliance of cellular handsets?

Answer: The requirements for RF exposure compliance of a cellular handset are contained in and the applicable radio service rule parts.

Guidance for listing SAR values for wireless devices on FCC grants can be found in 690783 D01 SAR Listings on Grants v01r03.

The FCC believes that including some SAR information in the user manual may be of value to users, helping them to understand the device characteristics. Supplement C of OET Bulletin 65 provides some general guidance about information that can be provided to the user. Please note that when a phone manufacturer decides to list SAR values in its manuals or similar user instructions, the values must be correct and exactly match those measured and reported in the SAR test report for the operating modes and exposure conditions.


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:

  • - (11/22/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for commercial electric tumble dryers
  • - (11/22/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for commercial electric spin extractors
  • - (11/22/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for commercial electric washing machines
  • - (11/22/2013) - Alarm and electronic security systems - Part 11-1: Electronic access control systems - System and components requirements
  • - (11/22/2013) - Overhead lines - Methods for testing self-damping characteristics of conductors
  • - (11/29/2013) - Safety of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective equipment - Part 1: General requirements and tests
  • - (11/29/2013) - Safety of transformers, reactors, power supply units and similar products for supply voltages up to 1 100 V - Part 2-16: Particular requirements and tests for switch mode power supply units and transformers for switch mode power supply units
  • - (12/6/2013) - Electrical resistance trace heating systems for industrial and commercial applications - Part 2: Application guide for system design, installation and maintenance
  • - (12/13/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-27: Particular requirements for appliances for skin exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation
  • - (12/13/2013) - Thermocouples - Part 1: EMF specifications and tolerances
  • - (12/13/2013) - Programmable controllers - Part 9: Single-drop digital communication interface for small sensors and actuators (SDCI)
  • - (12/13/2013) - Safety of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective equipment - Part 2: Particular requirements for equipment using active opto-electronic protective devices (AOPDs)
  • - (12/13/2013) - Electroacoustics - Sound level meters - Part 1: Specifications

See for additional information.

EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (November 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Road Transport and Traffic Telematics (RTTT); Automotive radar equipment operating in the 24,05 GHz up to 24,25 GHz or 24,50 GHz frequency range; Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods
  • - (November 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Road Transport and Traffic Telematics (RTTT); Automotive radar equipment operating in the 24,05 GHz up to 24,25 GHz or 24,50 GHz frequency range; Part 2: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  • - (November 2013) - Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS); Part 6: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive for deployed surface movement radar sensors; Sub-part 1: X-band sensors using pulsed signals and transmitting power up to 100 kW
  • - (November 2013) - Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Vehicular Communications; GeoNetworking; Part 2: Scenarios
  • - (November 2013) - Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); V2X Applications; Part 3: Longitudinal Collision Risk Warning (LCRW) application requirements specification
  • - (November 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference document (SRdoc); Broadband communication links for ships and fixed installations engaged in off-shore activities operating in the 5 GHz to 8 GHz range
  • - (November 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Navigation radar for use on non-SOLAS vessels; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  • - (November 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short-Range Devices (SRD) for operation in the 13,56 MHz band; System Reference Document for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment

See for additional information.

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (11/19/2013) - Fire hazard testing - Part 1-40: Guidance for assessing the fire hazard of electrotechnical products - Insulating liquids
  • - (11/19/2013) - Automatic electrical controls - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (11/19/2013) - Automatic electrical controls - Part 2-5: Particular requirements for automatic electrical burner control systems
  • - (11/26/2013) - Electric strength of insulating materials - Test methods - Part 2: Additional requirements for tests using direct voltage
  • - (11/26/2013) - Electric strength of insulating materials - Test methods - Part 3: Additional requirements for 1,2/50 µs impulse tests
  • - (11/27/2013) - Coupling capacitors and capacitor dividers - Part 3: AC or DC coupling capacitor for harmonic-filters applications
  • - (11/27/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - ALL PARTS
  • - (11/27/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-10: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Requirements for the development of physiologic closed-loop controllers
  • - (11/27/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-17: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of automatically-controlled brachytherapy afterloading equipment
  • - (11/28/2013) - Interpretation sheet 1 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 0: Equipment - General requirements
  • - (11/28/2013) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 14: Electrical installations design, selection and erection
  • - (12/10/2013) - Amendment 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (12/10/2013) - Amendment 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-109: Particular requirements for UV radiation water treatment appliances
  • - (12/12/2013) - Corrigendum 1 - Electrical measuring transducers for converting A.C. and D.C. electrical quantities to analogue or digital signals
  • - (12/12/2013) - Fire hazard testing - Part 11-2: Test flames - 1 kW pre-mixed flame - Apparatus, confirmatory test arrangement and guidance
  • - (12/12/2013) - Wind turbine generator systems - ALL PARTS
  • - (12/12/2013) - Wind turbines - Part 2: Small wind turbines
  • - (12/12/2013) - Measurement of DC magnetic, AC magnetic and AC electric fields from 1 Hz to 100 kHz with regard to exposure of human beings - Part 1: Requirements for measuring instruments
  • - (12/12/2013) - Power quality measurement in power supply systems - Part 1: Power quality instruments (PQI)
  • - (12/12/2013) - Power quality measurement in power supply systems - Part 2: Functional tests and uncertainty requirements
  • - (12/13/2012) - Corrigendum 2 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 0: Equipment - General requirements
  • - (12/3/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-40: Particular requirements for electrical heat pumps, air-conditioners and dehumidifiers
  • - (12/9/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (12/9/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-32: Particular requirements for massage appliances
  • - (12/9/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-109: Particular requirements for UV radiation water treatment appliances

See for additional information.

FCC - New Draft of Consumer Signal Booster Measurement Guide for Review

During late November 2013, the FCC published and it is the third draft version open for comment.  935210 D03 Consumer Signal Booster Procedure v01* provides guidance for demonstrating compliance to the various requirements for Wideband Consumer Signal Boosters as specified in part 20.21(e), Consumer Signal Booster Network Protection Standard.  This document represents the current version of an ongoing effort by the RF Booster Task Group within the C63 Wireless Working Group to develop applicable measurement guidance.

Additionally, the following two previous drafts were published by the FCC:

  • First draft, 935210 D01 Booster Definitions v01r01**, provides guidance for classifying types of devices and applicable rules for performing compliance measurements on signal boosters operating under 47CFR §§ 20.21, 90.219, and Parts 22, 24, 27, 90; considerations for some provisions and devices under other rules is also given, e.g., parts 2, 25, 97, 101. 
  • Second draft, 935210 D02 Certification Requirements v01r01** provides certification requirements for signal boosters that operate under Parts 20, 22, 24, 27 and 90 of the FCC rules.

FCC Network Maintenance December 20-22, 2013

斗地主达人Starting at noon (EST) December 22nd, the FCC Computer Network services will be unavailable due to system maintenance.  As a consequence there will not be any access to the equipment authorization and KDB websites or other web services.  The FCC will attempt to reduce the maintenance time as much as possible and they ask that you please plan accordingly.

Canada - Release SRSP-502, Issue 5

On November 23, 2013, Industry Canada published , which sets out the minimum technical requirements for the efficient use of the bands.

Issue 5 of SRSP-502 provides a channel plan for narrower channels and updates technical provisions. International obligations for sharing of the bands 806-821/851-866 MHz and 821-824/866-869 MHz along the Canada United States border regions were also updated. This new issue replaces SRSP-502, Issue 4 and the main changes are as follows:

  • editorial restructuring to align Issue 5 with the format and style of more recent SRSPs;
  • addition of a narrower channelization;
  • additional guidance and clarification on interoperability channels;
  • removal of provisions that are no longer relevant;
  • updated channel sharing and loading guidelines;
  • clarified maximum power limits and co channel separation requirements; and
  • updated cross border provisions.

Canada - Release of RSS-130 and SRSP-518

On November 16, 2013, Industry Canada published .

The purpose of the notice was (1) to announce Industry Canada's decisions regarding revisions to the licensing framework for satellite services, following a consultation process initiated in March 2012 through Canada Gazette notice SMSE-003-12, ; and (2) to seek comments on a revised fee proposal, as outlined in the decision paper。

EU - New Amendment to EN 60601:2006

CENELEC recently ratified a new Amendment to EN60601:2006.  The new Amendment (EN 60601-1:2006/A1:2013) includes the same elements from EN 60601-1:2006/A1:2012 with additional detail explaining how essential requirements in the Medical Device Directive (MDD) are covered via clauses in the EN60601-1 Standard or by other Standards.  The new Amendment will go into effect upon its date of publication - June 24, 2014.

India - BIS Certification Deadline Extended to January 2014

India's Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has extended the deadline for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification on imported electronics products until 2014。  The initial deadline for certification was April 3, 2013, but this deadline has been extended several times now。

Brazil - ANATEL Approves 700 MHZ Band for Telecom Services

On October 31, 2013, Brazil's ANATEL adopted the new 。 The regulation allocates the Digital TV dividend to mobile services following the action plan already adopted by most countries in the Asia-Pacific region

The regulatory process of the 700 MHz band in Brazil advances in line with the international harmonization objective within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which will allow economies of scale in network equipment and terminals for users of telecommunications services, and enable cost reduction。

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