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ANSI C63.10 Unlicensed Wireless Devices Lab Testing

As a leader in RF regulatory compliance testing, Keystone Compliance recognizes the requirements needed for wireless radio manufacturers. Meeting the ETSI, FCC, and other wireless testing specifications can be challenging. Not only do we understand the challenges, but we help guide companies through the process. Keystone Compliance actively engages in the TCB Council, ANSI C63 Main Committee, and ANSI C63 wireless working groups.

Keystone Compliance tailors each test plan to individual customer needs minimizing unnecessary costs and over-testing. Additionally, we are in constant communication throughout the entire test process. Keystone’s wireless test engineers work with clients to quickly develop appropriate and concise test plans. We have a reputation for helping customers achieve their wireless product certifications. 

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Summary of ANSI Compliance Testing of Unlicensed Radio Equipment

ANSI C63.10 provides testing for a wide variety of unlicensed wireless devices. Examples of these devices include but is not limited to:

  • Remote control and security unlicensed devices
  • Frequency hopping and direct sequence spread spectrum devices
  • Antipilferage devices
  • Cordless telephones
  • Wireless medical unlicensed wireless devices
  • Intrusion detectors
  • Inductive devices
  • Ultra-wideband devices

An unlicensed wireless device can be described in two different ways. 

  1. A lower-power communication device that intentionally generates and emits radio frequency energy by radiation or induction. These devices or systems typically can be operated without an individual license in some countries.
  2. Device that is permitted to emit radiofrequency energy but requires no specific device licensing or authorization. This includes intentional radiators or license-exempt transmitters.

Scope of ANSI C63.10 RF Regulatory Compliance Testing

This standard measures RF signals and noise emitted from unlicensed wireless devices, also known as intentional radiators, operating at a frequency range of 9 kHz to 231 GHz. The intentional radiator RF testing standard does not apply to radio emissions from unintentional radiators.

Where possible, the specifications are harmonized with other national and international standards used for similar purposes.

Various unlicensed wireless devices are subject to certain regulatory requirements. The primary way to show compliance is by testing the devices in a repeatable and reproducible manner. This standard assists in showing compliance with technical specifications for the majority of current wireless devices in wide use.

This standard does not consider methods for unlicensed wireless devices already covered in other published standards. In addition, this standard does not cover the measurement of emissions from radio receivers. Many types of unlicensed wireless devices are also subjected to regulatory compliance requirements concerning human exposure to RF energy.

ANSI C63.10 Emission Measuring Conditions

The proper instrumentation is used to obtain accurate and reproducible results. Various equipment accessories and settings can be needed depending on the particular measurements being performed. 

Both spectrum and electromagnetic interference receivers can be used for making emission measurements. 

Specific emission instrumentation includes but is not limited to equipment such as:

  • Receiver
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Detector functions and selection of bandwidth
  • Reference level, attenuation, and headroom
  • RF power meter

Expert ANSI RF Compliance Laboratory Testing

In addition to ANSI RF C63.10 testing, Keystone has a full scope of expertise including licensed exempt radios, multiple transmitters, and simultaneous transmitters. Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. We can accommodate fixed, mobile and portable devices of all sizes. 

If you are ready to start your RF wireless regulatory compliance testing, please request a quote. Have a question about intentional radiator requirements? Contact us or call (724) 657-9940 and we will determine the best course of action.