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SparkFun Trace Antenna Transceiver - nRF2401A

Miniature RF (MiRF) 2.4GHz transceiver modules with built in antenna designed around the Nordic Semiconductor nRF2401A with high sensitivity and good range. These units are a SparkFun exclusive; small in stature, big on performance, all wrapped up in a user friendly package. Units come with an empty 0.1" spaced footprint ready for a straight header, right angle header (recommended), or your own wires/umbilical cable.

Note: These are sold as single units. We recommend ordering two for a complete link.

Specifications:

  • Frequency: 2.4~2.524 GHz
  • Modulation type: GFSK
  • Operating Voltage: 3V
  • Output Power: +0dBm
  • Data Rate: 1Mbps; 250Kbps
  • Small footprint size: 0.7x1.3" (18x33mm)
  • Operating Temperature: -40 ~ +85 C
  • Long range:
    • 50ft. indoors
    • 125ft. line-of-sight
  • Built-in antenna
  • Broken out pins:
    • 3.3V VCC / GND
    • CE : Chip Enable
    • CS : Chip Select
    • DR1 : Data Ready
    • CLK1 : Clock
    • DATA : Data

SparkFun Trace Antenna Transceiver - nRF2401A Product Help and Resources

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