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idata
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Does the Intel Curie come with a BLE antenna?

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Looking to prototype 100-1000 boards for my company using the Curie - not an expert on BT antenna design and would like to stay clear of having to do anything that might require certification by FCC. From what I can tell from reading the datasheets available it seems that the Curie offers a BLE radio controller but this must be connected to an external antenna - is this correct? If not, great! If so - is there an existing simple / FCC pre-approved solution I can replicate?

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idata
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Hi benlieb,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Curie Platform.

 

 

You are right the Curie needs an external antenna for BLE. I would recommend to try to replicate the antenna design in the Arduino 101 which contains the Intel Curie. I attach you the squematics of this microcontroller bellow. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

 

Schematics link : https://www.arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/Arduino101-REV4Schematic.pdf

 

 

I will be waiting for your reply, have a nice day.

 

 

Regards,

 

-Jose

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idata
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Hi benlieb,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Curie Platform.

 

 

You are right the Curie needs an external antenna for BLE. I would recommend to try to replicate the antenna design in the Arduino 101 which contains the Intel Curie. I attach you the squematics of this microcontroller bellow. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

 

Schematics link : https://www.arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/Arduino101-REV4Schematic.pdf

 

 

I will be waiting for your reply, have a nice day.

 

 

Regards,

 

-Jose

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idata
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Hi benlieb,

 

 

Did you find the information provided in our last interaction useful? Do you have any more technical questions regarding the Intel Curie?

 

 

I will be waiting for your reply, we hope you have a nice day.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose
idata
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Hello Jose,

Clarification is needed. Benlieb's goal is "to stay clear of having to do anything that might require certification by FCC." The schematic you provided is very helpful. Using that antenna design, has the Arduino 101 board gone through FCC/CE testing and passed in order for Benlieb to use the FCC ID for his product in production after his prototyping?

Regardless, FCC/CE will still require unintentional radiation testing, but knowing it will pass with the Arduino 101 design will help.

Thanks.

Scott

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Scott,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Curie Platform.

 

 

The Arduino 101 has FCC/CE Certification, please refer to this links:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/warranty

https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=378383.0

 

Hope you find this information useful, have a nice day!

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose.

 

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks, Jose.

I noticed there is an internal BLE antenna. If the Curie module is used on a custom board, does it still require external circuitry found on the schematic?

idata
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Hi scott_kerstein,

 

 

 

It all depends on your design and the electronic components that you use. This schematic that I attached is only a reference, if you have any more questions regarding the design of this antenna, I will strongly recommend to contact the Arduino community.

 

 

I hope you find this information useful, have a nice day.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose.
idata
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Hey Scott, here is one link I found helpful on FCC regulations -

https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/398

Other data in case may be helpful:

DFRobot has produced a micro Arduino 101 called CurieNano.

There is also a new micro Curie board from GumStix: https://store.gumstix.com/radium-96bie.html https://store.gumstix.com/radium-96bie.html.

We ended up using a different microcontroller with a built in antenna for now, mostly that we didn't need all the functionality the Curie offers although it is fantastically powerful. Best of luck!

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