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ThingMagic Vega - Durable Indoor/Outdoor UHF RFID reader

Driven by ThingMagic's Powerful Mercury5e UHF RFID Reader Modules

Introduction

The Vega reader is built around ThingMagic's award winning, high performance M5e UHF RFID module. The Vega reader meets the harsh environmental operating standards required for use in trucks and automobiles (In Vehicle Reader model), and is ideal for deployment in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications. A version is available to support applications which call for the maximum permissible output power allowed by EU regulations. The Vega reader utilizes a local personal computer (not included) to provide command and control via its RS-232 serial interface.

Features of the Vega RFID Reader include:

  • Support for EPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with Anti-Collision, DRM, and advanced anti-jamming
  • Three reverse-TNC antenna ports supporting monostatic 50 Ohm antennas
  • 9-pin serial connector, supporting RS232 with asynchronous data rates up to 921.6 kbps
  • 2 General Purpose inputs and one output, accessible via Molex© Connector
  • Certification obtained, or in process, for the following regions: North and South America, EU, Korea and other Asia-PAC countries
  • Confirmed to meet in-vehicle standards
  • Error-free read performance in vehicles with hundreds of tagged assets like tools, electronic and IT equipment, and appliance spare parts
  • Dimensions: 8.5 in L x 5.25 in W x 1.5 in H (21.6 cm x 13.3 cm x 3.8 cm)
  • Mercury API support

Specification

RFID Specifications

RFID Protocol SupportEPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with Anti- Collision, DRM, and advanced anti-jamming
RFID ProcessorIndy R1000
User-accessible Flash Memory16 kB
Tag Buffer200 tags
Max Tag Read RateUp to 190 tags/second
Max Tag Read DistanceOver 30 feet (9m) with 6 dBiL antenna (36 dBm EIRP)
Max Receive Sensitivity-65 dBm at full transmit power with typical antenna (Receive sensitivity will improve as transmit power is reduced)
Antenna ConnectorThree reverse-TNC antenna ports supporting monostatic 50 Ohm antennas (for best performance VSWR should be less than 1.5:1 in operating frequency range)
RF Power OutputSeparate read and write levels, commandadjustable from 5 dBm to 30 dBm (1 W), +/- 1 .0 dBm accuracy
*With an absolute maximum of +30 dBm as certified. Maximum power may have to be reduced to meet regulatory limits, which specify the combined effect of the module, antenna, cable, and enclosure shielding of the integrated product
Regulatory/FrequencyCertification obtained, or in process, for the following regions: North and South America, EU, Korea and other Asia-PAC countries
Connector9-pin serial connector, supporting RS232 with asynchronous data rates up to 921.6 kbps. DTR signal turns off reader completely to conserve power.
GPIO Sensors and Indicators2 General Purpose inputs and one output, accessible via Molex© Connector
API SupportCommand-response protocol protected by length field and 16-bit CRC
C, C# (.NET), Java

General

ElectricalReader alone: 10-16 VDC, 8 W maximum at 12 V when transmitting
Reader with AC Power Adapter: 100-240 VDC, 50-60 Hz, 10 W maximum when transmitting
1.7 W max at idle (Power management modes can be used to reduce this to as little as 0.1 W)
Mechanical21.6 cm L x 13.3 cm W x 3.8 cm H
(8.5 in L x 5.25 in W x 1.5 in H)
SoftwareRefer to the ThingMagic Mercury API page for further information
TemperatureTemperature range (operation): Reader: -40 C to +75 C (with reduced duty cycles)
Temperature range (storage): Reader: –40C to +85C

Confirmed to meet in-vehicle standards for:
Powered Thermal Cycle
Thermal Shock Resistance A & B
Powered Vibration Endurance
Mechanical Shock
Humidity-Temperature Cycle
Water/Fluids Ingress
Connector/Harness Pull-Push
Voltage Overstress
Electrostatic Discharge
Safety/CertificationIEC 60950-1 (ed.2)
US-17640-UL
EMCCE, FCC Class B
Warranty1 Year
RoHSCompliant

Ordering Details

BoardV5-RS-NA Vega RS - North America
V5-RS-EU Vega RS - Europe

V5-IVR-NA Vega In-Vehicle version - North America
V5-IVR-EU Vega In-Vehicle version - Europe

If no prior Development Kit has been purchased, customer MUST purchase the Vega Reader Development Kit which contains: Reader, Power Adapter, Cables, Antenna, Tags, and online access to Software and Documentation.
AccessoriesV5-DEVKIT-NA Vega RS Developers Kit - North America
V5-DEVKIT-EU Vega RS Developers Kit - Europe