EN 300 328 Now Published in OJ

The long awaited RED version of EN 300 328 has now been published in the Official Journal for the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.  This standard covers wideband transmission systems operating in the 2.4GHz band such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, and WiFi.

The new version of EN 300 328 is V2.1.1 (2016-11) and includes a few key updates that manufacturers need to address in order to apply the harmonized standard in full.

The major changes to EN 300 328 are:

  • Inclusion of Receiver Blocking as a new requirement.
  • Inclusion of an alternative test method for Power Spectral Density.
  • Reduction of minimum number for hopping frequencies for non-adaptive FHSS equipment.

If your existing Declaration of Conformity (DoC) identifies a version of EN 300 328 earlier than V2.1.1 then you may need to update your report documentation and DoC reference.   

In particular, previous versions of EN 300 328 exempted Receiver Blocking for non-adaptive equipment or adaptive equipment operating in a non-adaptive mode, as well as for equipment with a maximum declared RF Output power level of less than 10 dBm e.i.r.p.   This means that many Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmitters will need to be tested for Receiver Blocking compliance.

Manufacturers can send their current DoC to Elite for a review of the specification reference and from the analysis we can determine if any gaps exist between the current required harmonized standards and the standards referenced on the DoC.

Contact Steve Laya or Dan Crowder for more information.