Indy RS1000 Development Kit

The Indy RS1000 Development Kit is a hardware platform for developing RAIN RFID enabled systems using the Indy RS1000 reader module. The kit is designed to allow connection to any number of host device types, and quickly prototype and test your applications.

RS1000 Development Kit Quick Start Guide

To read your first tag using the development kit and a windows PC, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Indy Demo Tool software on your Windows PC.
  2. Configure the RS1000 development kit hardware as shown in the figure below
    1. If you have reconfigured the jumpers since opening the kit, restore the default configuration as described in the “Kit Default Configuration” section of the RS1000 Hardware User’s Guide.
      1. Jumper J1 should be in the rightmost position to select the surface mount antenna A1
      2. Jumper J5 should be populated to power the module
    2. Connect the 5 volt Micro-USB power supply to a power source, and the kit PCB’s “PWR” USB port J6
      1. At this point, the green “Health” LED in the upper right corner of the kit PCB should start blinking.
    3. Connect the kit PCB’s “HOST” USB port J4 to your PC using the Micro-USB cable
    4. Place one of the UHF RFID tags near the surface mount antenna A1 (in the lower left corner of the PCB).
  3. Start performing tag reads as shown in the figure below.
    1. Open the Indy Demo Tool software by double-clicking on the “Indy Demo Tool.exe” file.
    2. Press the “Scan” button to detect the COM port corresponding to the development board.
    3. Press the “Connect” button to connect to the development board.
    4. Under the “Inventory” tab, start an inventory by pressing the “Start” button.
      1. At this point, the “Event Log” on the right hand side of the GUI will show the stream of EPCs of the tags that are read by the Indy RS1000 via the mini-guardrail antenna.
    5. Move the tag relative to the read field of the antenna, and observe the change in the reads displayed in the Event Log.

RS1000 Development Kit Collateral

This section of the article will contain the collateral documenting the kit, including the contents of the kit (bill of materials), electrical interconnection and fabrication details of the development board, etc.

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