In recent years, radio frequency (RF) technology has been used in innovative ways in order to design new, pioneering products in the electronics industry. The use of RF technology is governed by regulations established and monitored by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Getting such products to market is a challenge that the FCC has simplified by granting modular certification to, or pre-approving the use of specific RF components in host devices.

SGS's new whitepaper on RF Module Integration explores the ways in which integrators can avoid entering regulatory grey areas when selecting pre-certified components for use in their products. Using such components can allow integrators to skip a series of testing that would typically e part of the product design and manufacturing process. However, risks can emerge from the lack of awareness when it comes to the specific use case scenarios where the pre-certificaion for RF components applies.

New uses for RF technology can lead to innovative products that make our lives easier. Nonetheless, when the way in which a RF module is being used is not clearly indentified in the FCC modular certification guidelines, the integrator is responsible for proving compliance. Also, if the appropriate procedures are not followed correctly, manufacturers can encounter a series of compliance hurdles, such as additional testing, in-market delays, design modifications or even non-compliance fines/penalties.

Integrators must b aware and have a clear understanding of the usage restrictions and can consult an expert in the early stages of the product design/development process, even though sometimes they must be open to adapting the desing in order to achieve compliance.

Manufacturers that use pre-certified modules in unique and innovative ways can find complying with FCC regulations to be a complex and quite challenging issue. SGS's whitepaper offers practical advice that will assist integrators in avoiding fines or even product recalls.

The SGS RF Module Integration Whitepaper can be downloaded on the company's website.

About SGS Electrical and Electronics Services

Mobile device manufacturers need to meet the quality standards of network operators using both CDMA and GSM technology and your first step to compliance is RF testing and signaling conformance. At SGS these are included in our market leading wireless testing laboratory capabilities. Our radio frequency (RF) testing services verify the RF and signaling of your wireless device in a cabled environment.

For further information on SGS service portfolio for RF technology and EMC testing, please contact the SGS experts.
Contact Details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Silke Hilmer
E&E Consumers&Technology
Global Marketing Manager
SGS Germany GmbH
t: +49 (0)40 30 101 - 826


SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for global quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.