All-in-One Testing Solution for Low Cost IoT Devices

Konrad Technologies, a provider of value added, platform based automated test solutions, has introduced the KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II - an RF communications test system designed for testing low cost Internet of Things devices. Konrad has developed the new KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II to fulfill the demand for low cost RF modules, making it an excellent system for IoT test. Based on a software defined radio approach, the instrument can be adapted to upcoming standards for non-signaling tests and gives the customer full control over signal evaluation. It currently supports signaling test for WIFI, BT and BT-LE. In order to adapt to other communication standards, the instrument can be upgraded with external add-ons. These capabilities make the KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II an optimal test system to cover current and future test applications.

The test system has a small footprint, integrating seamlessly into test system infrastructures via a single Ethernet connection. GPIOs can control the DUT and peripherals. The test system enables communication interfaces like SPI, I2C, UART and CAN. Simple Go/No-Go tests can be performed in parallel. The KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II features a 70 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range and includes non-signaling and signaling connections.

The test system is fully controllable by LabVIEW and offers a soft-front-panel for simple interaction with the instrument. The LabVIEW API can be used together with most of NI’s versatile software packages, such as the Bluetooth Toolkit, GNSS Toolkit and many others. A wide range of software packages are also available. Included is the ability to use text based languages, such as C/C++, Python, etc.

WiFi and Bluetooth signaling tests can be performed in the default configuration of the KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II. The WiFi test software enables the instrument to act as an access-point or as a client. Signaling tests are supported for WiFi a, b, g, n and ac and up to 4.1 and LE for Bluetooth. In Bluetooth tests, the instrument offers NAP and PANU profiles in its default configuration and can be used to share an internet connection. In both cases, the instrument offers a wide power tuning range of more than 60 dB.

The KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II is extensible with additional software plug-ins and hardware add-ons for signaling and non-signaling. Signaling software options include BT, BT-LE and WIFI. Konrad Technologies offers different software modules for LabVIEW to cover non-signaling applications such as Keyless Entry. The options can be customized according to a specific requirement. In order to future-proof you investement, the test system supports the use of external add-ons, which broadens the signaling support to include protocols like ZWave, ZigBEE, LoRa and SigFox.

The KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II is now available to customers worldwide. Detailed pricing and product information are available upon request.