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ThingMagic Mercury 6e (M6e) - 4-Port UHF RFID Module

World-class UHF RFID Engine

ThingMagic Mercury 6e (M6e) - 4-Port UHF RFID Module
Key Features
4-Port UHF RFID Module
Multiprotocol support
Up to 31.5 dBm (1.4W) RF power
Support for full 860 to 960 MHz UHF RFID
Max tag read rate of 750 tags per second
Maximum tag read distance of over 30 feet (9 m)
-40 C to +60 C temperature operation


The Mercury6e (M6e) embedded UHF RFID reader module offers world leading performance, form factor, and time-to-market advantages to OEM, Value Added Reseller, and Solution Provider customers. It is designed to the performance standards of full size readers, but is small and efficient enough to be used in mobile applications. The M6e supports 4 ports and will operate to a level of +31.5 dBm. Serial and USB interfaces are provided to support both board-to-board and board-to-host connectivity.

Development Kits

MERCURY Dev KitThe Mercury DevKit for ThingMagic UHF RFID modules contains all the components necessary to begin reading and writing RFID tags and developing RFID-enabled applications. A powerful application programming interface (MercuryAPI) provides code examples, a graphical read-write demo program, and delivers a consistent programmatic interface for development with all ThingMagic fixed and embedded reader products

Development Kits are module specific. Individual DevKits must be purchased for each ThingMagic module type. A single module is included with each DevKit purchase.


RFID Specifications

RFID Protocol SupportEPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with DRM
ISO 18000-6B (optional)
IP-X (optional)
RFID ProcessorIndy R2000
User-accessible Flash Memory16 kB
Tag BufferOver 1000 tags under normal conditions
Max Tag Read RateUp to 750 tags/second
Max Tag Read DistanceOver 30 feet (9 m) with 6 dBi antenna (36 dBm EIRP)
Antenna ConnectorFour 50 Ohm MMCX connectors supporting four monostatic antennas.
RF Power OutputSeparate read and write levels, command adjustable from 5 dBm to 31.5 dBm* (1.4W) with +/-0.5 dBm accuracy above +15 dBm
* 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/FrequencyPre-configured for the following regions:
FCC 902-928 MHz (Americas)
ETSI 865.6-867.6 MHz (EU)
KCC 917-920.8 MHz (Korea)
TRAI 865-867 MHz (India)
ACMA 920-926 MHz (Australia)
'Open' (Customizable) 865-869 MHz, 902-928 MHz
Connector15-pin low-profile connector providing power, communications signals, and GPIOs
SignalingUART with 3.3/5V logic levels; from 9600 to 921,600 bps
USB 2.0 full speed device port (up to 12 Mbps)
GPIO Sensors and IndicatorsFour 3.3/5V serial input configurable as input (sensor) ports or output (indicator) ports
API SupportC, C# (.NET), Java


ElectricalDC Voltage: 5.0 VDC +/- 5%
DC power:
• 6.5 W @ 31.5 dBm
• < 4W @ power levels under + 17 dBm
• 0.25 W in fast-response idle mode
• 0.07 W in ready mode
• 0.05 W in standby mode
Mechanical69 mm L x 43 mm W x 7.5 mm H (2.7 in L by 1.7 in W by 0.3 inches H)
SoftwareRefer to the ThingMagic Mercury API page for further information
TemperatureTemperature range (operation): -40C to +60C
Temperature range (storage): -40C to +85C
VibrationDesigned to be installed in host devices which are required to survive 5-foot drops to concrete
ShockDesigned to be installed in host devices which are required to survive 5-foot drops to concrete
Safety/CertificationFCC 47 CFR Ch. 1 Part 15
Industrie Canada RSS-21 0
ETSI EN 302 208
ETSI EN 300 220
Warranty1 Year

Ordering Details

BoardM6E Mercury 6e (M6e) RFID embedded UHF RFID reader module (North America and Europe)
M6E-A Mercury 6e (M6e) RFID embedded UHF RFID reader module (Capable of +31.5 dBm in NA region)
M6E-PRC M6e-PRC - Embedded (PRC high and low bands)
AccessoriesM6E-DEVKIT Mercury 6e (M6e) RFID embedded UHF RFID development kit
M6E-LIC-315 Enables +31.5 dBm in NA region (requires a contract)
M6E-LIC-2F License for optional IPX and ISO 18K-6B protocols (Gen2 standard)

Antennas (Cables are not included unless noted)
ANT-NA-2CO Bi-Static Indoor/Outdoor 902-928Mhz (FCC)
ANT-NA-A5 Astra External Antenna - Wideband (contains 6 ft cable)
ANT-WB-12-2043 12" Monostatic Wideband (RTNC) RoHS
ANT-WB-6-2025 7.5" Monostatic Wideband (RTNC) RoHS
ANT-NB-7-2031 7.5" TLNK, Monostatic 902-928MHZ, (FCC)
ANT-NA-9025 Cushcraft S-9025 Antenna 902-928MHZ (FCC)

CBL-P6 6' RTNC to RTNC Cable
CBL-P12 12' RTNC to RTNC Cable
CBL-P20 20' RTNC to RTNC Cable
CBL-P20-PL 20' RTNC to RTNC Plenum Cable
CBL-P25 25' RTNC to RTNC Cable
CBL-A20-PL 20' Astra Antenna Extension Cable (Male-to-Female RTNC, Plenum Rated)
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