Quark – R1230CB

Embedded Ultra Compact RAIN RFID Reader

  • RAIN (UHF EPC C1 G2, ISO 18000-63) Compliant
  • Multi-regional Support
  • Ultra Compact Size
  • External Antenna Connector
  • SW programmable output power up to 200mW (23dBm) conducted
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Handheld Devices
  • Multiregional Label Printers and Applicators
  • Point of Sales Devices
  • Voice Operated Gloves


The Quark (Model R1230CB), an embedded reader of the easy2read© product line, is a multiregional ultra-compact reader for low-power, high performance RAIN RFID applications.
With programmable output power in 15 steps from 9dBm to 23dBm, the reader can detect tags at more than 1 mt of distance (depending on antenna and tag dimensions).
Due to its low power consumption, the module is specifically designed to be easily integrated in battery powered devices as well as powered directly by a standard USB port.
The radio frequency core of the module permits to achieve fast reading and to be used in dense reader and dense tag environments for top-class rated performances.
The compactness of the device and the board-to-board connector allow to embed the R1230 inside the new small form factor industrial handhelds, smartphone accessories, small USB dongles and other compact form factor devices.
The R1230 complies with and can operate in both European and US regulatory environments and due to its multiregional capabilities, it is ideal for integration in devices requiring compliance to different geographical regions.

Frequency Range

865.600÷867.600 (ETSI EN 302 208 v3.1.1)
902÷928 MHz (FCC part 15.247)

RF Power

Programmable in 15 levels (1dB step) from 9dBm to 23dBm (from 8mW to 200mW) conducted

Output Power Accuracy

+/- 1dB

Antenna VSWR Requirement

2:1 or better for optimum performances

Antenna Connector

Nr. 1 MMCX type

Frequency Tolerance

±10 ppm over the entire temperature range

Number of Channels

4 channels (compliant to ETSI EN 302 208 v3.1.1)
50 hopping channels (compliant to FCC part 15.247)
All subsets of 902-928 MHz band are supported via FW upgrade

Standard Compliance

EPC C1 G2 / ISO18000-63

Digital I/O

4 I/O lines 3.3V out @ 3mA; 3.3V input level


UART Serial Port:
– Baudrate: up to 115200
– Databits: 8
– Stopbits: 1
– Parity: none
– Flow control: none
– 3.3 V I/O Voltage Level


(W)25 x (L)40 x (H)6 mm3
(1.0 x 1.6 x 0.2 inch3)

Power Consumption

1.6W @ RF out = 23dBm
1.3W @ RF out = 17dBm
0.25W in idle mode

DC Power

2.5 VDC ÷ 5.5 VDC

Operating Temperature

-10 °C to +55 °C


8 g

R1230CB Quark Firmware - Size: 48.87 kB
Revision : 3.8.0
Easy Controller Software Technical Information Manual - Size: 1.43 MB
Revision : 4
easy2read Protocol Technical Information Manual - Size: 870.59 kB
Revision : 19
R1230CB Quark Technical Information Manual - Size: 1.99 MB
Revision : 5
CAEN RFID API SDK Reference Manual - Size: 1.74 MB
Revision : 12
CAEN RFID API SDK User Manual - Size: 622.86 kB
Revision : 5
EASY Controller Windows version - Size: 5.02 MB
Environment : .Net
OS-Version : 10/7/8/Vista/XP
Revision : 1.8.0
EASY Controller Android version - Size: 340.62 kB
Environment : Java
OS-Version : 2.3.3+
Revision : 1.5.0
CAEN RFID SDK - Size: 1.98 MB
Environment : .Net,Android,C,C++,Java
OS-Version : 10/7/8/Vista/x64bit 7/x64bit Vista/x64bit XP/XP
Revision : 4.7.0
R1230CB Quark Data Sheet - Size: 889.33 kB
R1230CB Quark Technical Drawings - Size: 727.31 kB
R1230CB QUARK CE Declaration of Conformity - Size: 514.04 kB
R1230CB QUARK FCC Grant - Size: 695.38 kB
CAEN RFID Products Catalog 2020 - Size: 3.48 MB
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