ThingMagic Micro-LTE Embedded RFID Reader Module Developer Kit



ThingMagic M6e-Micro LTE Embedded RFID Module Developer Kit

The Micro-LTE Developer Kit is designed to meet the demands of high performance RFID handheld, mobile, and stationary readers and is optimized for applications that require reading small tag populations. This embedded UHF RFID Reader offers two antenna ports and supports the ability to transmit up to +30 dBm for demanding applications. The edge connections for signals, power, and RF allow the module to be soldered directly to a motherboard as a standard component. The on-board connectors allow the module to be mated to a motherboard as an add-on option. This developer kit is the perfect way to make the most of your M6e-Micro LTE reader module.

NOTE: This product is a reader module – NOT a finished RFID reader – and is meant for OEM and developers to embed into products or to be used in the creation of a new finished reader. If you are interested in an existing finished reader product, check out our line of finished ThingMagic readers.

Data Sheet  ThingMagic M6e-Micro LTE Embedded RFID Module Developer Kit


Module Comparison  ThingMagic M6e-Micro LTE Embedded RFID Module Developer Kit


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What's included?

  • M6e-MICRO LTE Embedded RFID Module Unit
  • Test Chassis Unit
  • 6 ft RP-TNC to RP-TNC Antenna Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 9V AC Power Adapter + Plug Adapter Kit (US, UK, EU, AU)
  • Antenna Unit (7.5 in 7 dBiC patch antenna)
  • Packet of Sample Tags
  • Mercury API
  • Full Schematics

Why buy this module?

The Micro-LTE reader module is optimized for buiding a reader for applications with small tag populations. Its small size, low power consuption, and wide RF output range make it an excellent choice for mobile uses like small volume tag commissioning stations and point of sales readers.

The associated reader module enables you to build a reader with serial and USB interfaces to support both board-to-board and board-to-host connectivity. The module development kit gives you everything you need to connect to a PC and start reading tags. The Mercury API is loaded on your host processor so you can write software to control the module in the DevKit chassis. The Mercury API supports the entire line of ThingMagic finished readers and embedded RFID modules.

Full schematics of the DevKit are available to support building of your own application-specific reader. The Universal Reader Assistant reduces complexity for novice users but still allows for low-level control for advanced developers by enabling testing and tuning of reader settings, antennas, and tags for your workflow.


  • Support for two monostatic RF antennas
  • 28 solder-down, board-edge connections or Molex low profile connector
  • Separate read and write levels, command adustable
  • UART and USB 2.0 control/data interfaces
  • Low power consumption

Optional Supported Protocols

The protocols below can be added to each reader at an additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • ISO18000-6B
  • IP-X 64, 128

Product Details

Air Interface Protocol - Standard:
EPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with DRM
Air Interface Protocol - Additional:
ISO18000-6B, IP-X 64, 128 & AEI ATA are available through additional license
Operating Frequency:
Global (see data sheet for more info)
Transmit Power:
-5 to +30 dBm
Max Receive Sensitivity:
Not Published
Max Read Distance:
Over 9 m (30 ft)
Max Read Rate:
Up to 50 tags/second
Data Interface:
UART 3.3/5V; USB 2.0
Two 3.3V bidirectional ports
Power Source:
DC: 3.5 to 5.25V
Antenna Ports:
2 RP-TNC Female (on chassis)
46 x 26 x 4.0 mm (1.8 x 1.0 x 0.16 in)
0.454 kg (1 lb)
IP Rating:
Not Published
Operating Temperature:
-20° to +60°C (-4° to +140°F)
Host API:
C#/.NET, Java, C
Demo Software:
Not Published