LPRS, the manufacturer of short-range wireless devices, has appointed Alpha Micro Components a specialist UK distributor for the company’s market leading range of eRIC and easyRadio wireless modules and eROS software platform.
Alpha Micro Components is a long established, highly successful independent franchised distributor of wireless communication components for telematics, M2M, medical, energy monitoring, security and automotive sectors
Commenting on the new partnership, Nick Pummell, Alpha Micro Components, said: “LPRS has a great pedigree in the UK for developing and manufacturing highly effective low-power radio modules. Partnering with LPRS will allow us to fill a gap in our line card for easy to use low-power radio modules in the ISM band. ”
Alpha Micro provides a design-based approach to distribution with an in-house team of design engineers who are able to integrate components from their franchised product lines into board-level designs. This adds real value to the solutions provided delivering to customers products that exactly meet their varied and demanding requirements.
Barry Gillibrand, managing director of LPRS, said: “Alpha Micro is LPRS' first UK specialist distributor. Whilst we need broad line distributors to stock our products we also need companies like Alpha Micro with their wealth of knowledge of wireless applications to assist design engineers in choosing the right solution for their projects. Alpha Micro's team will be working closely with us to identify applications where ease of integration and time to market are essential customer requirements."
The latest eRIC (easyRadio Integrated Controller) wireless modules from LPRs offer Internet of Things (IoT) and other wireless control or communication system builders with a system-on-chip fully integrated wireless controller with on-board memory for end-user application programming and control functions.
The low-cost feature-rich LPRS eRIC wireless module has been designed to provide system builders with a simple to integrate complete wireless communication solution combined with a wide range of user options. eRIC modules are supplied preconfigured to operate as standalone modules but can be modified by any developer to take full advantage of the internal processor’s features.
The LPRS eRIC module is now available with operating frequencies for world markets and provides secure over-air transmission with the availability of an AES 128 bit data encryption option. eRIC can operate at very low power for remote, battery powered sensor systems, with current consumption as low as 32µA possible. Many other advanced features are available as standard including; received signal strength indicator (RSSI), carrier detect and group ID.
LPRS describes eRIC is an exceptional value RF transceiver intended for embedded high-volume applications in the “Smart” or “IoT” arena including; building and lighting control, security, home monitoring and medical products, vehicle and contents monitoring, renewable energy control and remote sensor systems. eRIC has been designed to simplify end product manufacture and is packaged for SMD assembly and measures just 20x15x5mm
eRIC continues to use the popular and simple to use easyRadio programming protocols, operates in the ISM frequency bands (Europe 433 and 868MHz, USA 915MHz), meets ETSI and FCC requirements, has pin interface compatibility with existing easyRadio Advance (eRA) products, has a simple to use and customer configurable and programmable I/O interface and has a built-in temperature sensor.
In addition to designing and manufacturing the highly successful eRIC and easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless modules in the UK, the full LPRS product range now includes; Raspberry Pi and Arduino Shield wireless platforms, antennas, wireless key fobs, a wide range of sensor products and the IQRF range of wireless mesh networking components for telemetry, industrial control and building automation.
The attached photograph shows (from left to right): Nick Pummell, Alpha Micro strategic business development, Christos Papakyriacou, Alpha Micro managing director, Barry Gillibrand, LPRS managing director and Lorna Lawson, Alpha Micros sales manager