Complete Evaluation and Software Development Board for the RFID-B1 module (supporting ISO 14443A, Mifare 1k, Mifare 4k, Ultralight, NTAG2XX card/tag types). This board is also suitable for use as a standalone OEM reader/writer product of these transponder types.
For the “Out-of-the-box” instructions on how to use the Evaluation kit and the Windows applications please downolad the user manual below.
Windows software: B1 Client v1.6 + User Guide [zip]
C Library [zip]
C# library [zip]
Java library [zip], Java example [zip]
Arduino library [zip], Arduino Installation manual [pdf]
RFID Linux Tool: Linux command utility (sources included)
The RaspberryPi-B1 is a RFID "Hat" for the very popular RaspberryPi platform. The product is an ideal choice if the user wishes to add RFID capability to their design quickly and easily. This device does not require any RFID expert knowledge on the part of the user, in order to develop high performance implementation solutions.
The RaspberryPi-B1 is compliant with the RaspberryPi extension board standards. It provides full read/write capability for Mifare Classic, Mifare Ultralight and NTAG2 transponders. Additionally, one can read serial numbers from Mifare Plus, Mifare DESfire and any transponder compatible with the ISO14443A standard.
Furthermore, a wide range of peripherals is available on the module, such as a comparator, DAC/PWM and digital IO. These can be configured and accessed by specific commands and control registers.
The RaspberryPi-B1 can function independently by setting the on-board jumpers to connect to the integral PCB track antenna. However, if desired, the user can modify the jumper setting to disconnect the integral PCB antenna and instead connect an external one. A connector is provided for this to push fit connect directly anyone of our RFID-ANT1356 range of antennas. Additionally a buzzer, two LED's (blue and yellow) and a switch are on board, that by using jumpers, are easily connected to the module IO lines for the rapid ability to drive them (buzzer and LED's) or read them (switch).
The A1/B1 Baseboard is a demonstration board for the A1 and B1 modules. The User can test all features of both modules, check tag detection ranges, or install the Baseboard on their own systems to verify compatibility. The Baseboard is a complete reader and tag acceptance solution for passive RF transponders. The board is powered by the USB connection. The Baseboard also has the SPI and I2C interfaces. With the User addition of a RFID-A1 module and/or RFID-B1 module, the board is a fully featured RFID/NFC read/write system for Mifare1K, Mifare4K, NTag2xx and Ultralight passive tags and cards
Additionally a buzzer, two LED's (blue and yellow) and a switch are on board, that by using jumpers, are easily connected to the module IO lines for the rapid ability to drive them (buzzer and LED's) or read them (switch).
The board does NOT come with any RFID-A1 or RFID-B1 module fitted. The user must purchase these separately and attach the desired module(s) to the A1/B1 Baseboard by soldering.
The RWD QT SMT Baseboard is a demonstration, evaluation and development board for the RWD-QT-SMT module. It is a complete reader and tag acceptance solution for passive RF transponders. The board is powered from the USB connection and, with the addition to it of a RWD-QT-LP-SMT, is a fully featured 125KHz RFID read/write system. The RWD module provides internal EEPROM memory for holding a list of authorised identity codes and system configuration parameters, a manual override switch facility and has LED drives to give visual indication of acceptance. The RWD also has a serial UART interface that allows a host system to communicate with it as the user requires, so that system features can be customised, configurations changed and tag read/write data handled by the host system. The board does NOT come with a RWD-QT-LP-SMT module, this must be purchased separately.
The A1/B1 EB v2.0 is an Extension Board (EB) for our RFID modules: the RFID A1 and RFID B1. The user can quickly connect our RFID modules to his device and check functionality and compatibility without wasting time in antenna design and tuning. The A1/B1 EB is simply a board with a built-in PCB antenna where the user can solder our RFID modules and test them. The read range with Mifare 1k ISO card is about 50 mm. All available pins of both modules are placed on the board with descriptions. There is also LED1 (green) which indicates a tag presence in the antenna field.
The board does NOT come with any RFID-A1 or RFID-B1 module fitted. The user must purchase these separately and attach the desired module(s) to the A1/B1 EB by soldering.
Complete Evaluation and Software Development Kit (SDK) for main 13.56MHz and 125kHz Micro RWD module types (supporting ISO 15693 ICODE SLI, ISO 14443A, Mifare 1k, Mifare 4k, Ultralight, Hitag 1, Hitag S256, Hitag S2048, Hitag 2, EM4102 and MCRF200/123 card/tag types).
Universal Base Board for ALL of the Micro RWD (24-pin) module types.
The Universal Socket board provides the antenna and the serial-to-USB interface to the MicroRWD module. Specifically, the board has a 24-pin DIP socket for the appropriate MicroRWD module to be plugged into, LEDS for visual status indication and selectable PCB and coil based antenna for 13.56 MHz or 125 kHz operation. The 5-volt power supply is provided by the USB interface.
The 14-way x 2-row header provides jumper links for all available power and I/O signals.
The Universal Socket board can be connected to the USB port of a PC with the FTDI VCP (Virtual Comm Port) driver installed, allowing the Windows applications to communicate with the Reader module via the allocated COM port.
The Universal Socket Board with the appropriate Micro RWD module fitted is a complete “ready-to-use” RFID read/write system and is used as the base board for the Evaluation kit together with custom Plastic case and sample tags/cards.
The PCB Gerber layout files for the Universal Socket board are available free-of-charge on request (ideal for copying the PCB antenna layout).
Ensure the Micro RWD module is fitted carefully in the 24-pin socket with no bent pins and with pin 1 aligned correctly (see datasheet and link setting diagram). The Universal Socket board with the J1/J2 links set correctly can be connected to a PC using the USB interface (type-B connector), power is then provided directly by the USB bus.
Alternatively, The Universal Socket Board with the MicroRWD module fitted can be powered directly from an external 5-volt power supply and connected to a host microcontroller using TTL serial communication by connecting directly to the J1/J2 14-way, 2-row header pins. TTL serial communication (at 9600 baud, 8-bits, 1-stop, no-parity) uses Tx, Rx signals and CTS for "hardware handshaking". This allows simple connection to an embedded system for evaluation and prototyping.
The MicroRWD module scans automatically for a card/tag without being connected to a host system. The factory default Reader mode for the RWD-QT module is HITAG1/S mode and MIFARE mode for the RWD-MICODE module. The READER-MODE command has to be sent to change modes to respond to other tag types (This is handled by the Windows application or can be done manually using the DEBUG utility). The Green LED turns ON (and the RED turns OFF) when a valid card/tag of correct type is detected.
The Universal Socket Board uses the FTDI (Future Technology Devices International Ltd) FT232RL serial-to-USB converter chip. FTDI provide VCP (Virtual COM Port) USB drivers for most common Operating Systems including Windows, MAC and Linux. The appropriate VCP USB driver should be downloaded and installed from: http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm.
On a Windows based system this provides the Virtual Communication Port on the PC so that Programs can communicate over the USB interface using the allocated serial port. The Windows DEVICE MANAGER program can be used to display the allocated COM port number.
For Evaluation of RWD-MICODE, download and install the RWD-MIFARE / ICODE Windows application.
For evaluation of RWD-QT, download and install the RWD-QT Windows application.
Download the .ZIP compressed file, un-zip and run SETUP.exe to install in usual manner. Further information on the Windows programs and how to install and set-up the RS232 HEX TERMINAL PROGRAM can be found on pages 5 and 6 of OPERATION.PDF
Double click on the MicroRWD program icon and once the application is running, select the COM PORT option and select the COM PORT being used. Windows DEVICE MANAGER can be used to locate the correct COM port number allocated by the USB VCP (Virtual Comm Port ) driver.
When the Universal Socket Board with MicroRWD module fitted is powered-up, the Green LED turns ON (and Red LED turns OFF) when the appropriate card or tag is in range. This is a proximity Reader system so typical operating range is up to 5cm (using 13.56MHz RWD-MICODE) and 8cm (using 125kHz RWD-QT).
For further information on the MicroRWD Reader modules, Windows applications and datasheets, please also see: download section