Skywire™ 4G LTE CAT 4 Embedded Modem

Active Cell 650mA
Normal 1.4mA
Power Saving 110uA
Input Voltage 3V-5.5V
I/O Voltage 1.65V-5.5V
Temperature Range -40º to 85ºC
Dimensions 29mm x 33mm x 10.4mm

End-Device Certified Modem

NimbeLink’s® end-device-certified Skywire™ LTE CAT4 embedded modem is the fastest on both the Verizon and AT&T cellular networks and perfect for high-bandwidth applications. This modem offers the same ultra-small size and XBee® Standard interface in the Skywire™ family. The CAT4 features a SIM card slot that will accommodate a SIM from either the Verizon or AT&T network and features HSPA+ fallback.

Like other modems in the Skywire™ family, our 4G LTE CAT 4 modem is compatible with a variety of NimbeLink® development kits and microprocessor shields, allowing fast, easy integration of cellular connectivity into new or existing products. Its standard interface simplifies migration to other cellular technologies, ensuring long product life. In addition Skywire™ modems end-device certification eliminates the considerable cost, time and risk of the certification process, driving your products to market faster.

Features:

  • Industry’s smallest form-factor
  • No carrier certification required
  • One design for deployment
  • XBee® Standard footprint, simple integration
  • Easy migration path, future-proof
  • Low power
  • Speeds capable of 150mb/s Download /
    50mb/s Upload
  • 4G LTE CAT4 with HSPA+ Fallback
  • U.FL port provides antenna flexibility
  • Development kits available
  • Verizon has fall back in Mexico and Canada
  • AT&T has fallback in North America

Advantages

  • Approvals: FCC, PTCRB, AT&T, Verizon ODI
  • 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T)
  • SIM slot
  • HSPA+ Fallback: Release 9 & Category 24 on B2 & B5
  • LTE Penta-Band: B2 (1900), B4 (1700), B5 (850), B13 (750), B17 (700)

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Skywire™ Embedded Modem Roadmap

Skywire™ Cellular Modems

Created by award-winning developers, Skywire™ plug-in cellular modems are the fastest way to provide cellular connectivity for machine-to-machine (M2M) products and speed them to market. Within months of its introduction Skywire™ was recognized for innovation and named a finalist for the ECN Impact Awards, Boards, Modules and Embedded Systems category.

Skywire™ is the smallest end-device certified cellular modem on the market, making it quicker and easier to deploy than chip-down chipset solutions, external modems, or solder-in modules. It uses an XBee® Standard form factor and its pre-certification eliminates months of delay and tens of thousands of dollars of cost for required certification.

It is easy to deploy, requiring just voltage and a UART connection and is more flexible than other plug-in modules, supporting a wider range of voltages and antenna connections.

Part Ordering Information

Part Number

Distributor Links

Description

NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T

Skywire™ Sierra HL7588 w/ AT&T FW A.2.10

NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V

Skywire™ Sierra HL7588 w/ Verizon FW V.3.6

NL-SIM-COM

3FF Commercial Temp range SIM card, Verizon

NL-SIM-IND

  • coming soon

3FF Industrial Temp range SIM card, Verizon

NL-SIM-ATT

  • coming soon

3FF Commercial Temp Range SIM card, AT&T

NL-SIM-TMO

  • coming soon

3FF Commercial Temp Range SIM card, T-Mobile

NL-SIM-VOD

  • coming soon

3FF Commercial Temp Range SIM card, Vodafone

There are a variety of ways to incorporate cellular connectivity into a product or device. Key issues affecting your choice include location (as a factor in cellular network availability), product size, available expertise, time, cost, and your anticipated technology roadmap.

  • Consider the cellular network you will be using. If your product will have to access a range of network technologies, you will need to be able to support a corresponding range of cellular modems.
  • If size is an issue (as it is in so many devices today) external modems will not be a viable option; even some internal modules/modems may be too large to be practical.
  • Consider what components are built into the modem itself and what will have to be configured separately to make the module/modem work.
  • If you have the time and resources you can design a cellular module into your board. Or you can streamline the process by incorporating a ready-made pre-certified modem. Designing in a module will take engineering time.
  • Products that access the network must have FCC certification, which can take months. Designing in a pre-certified cellular modem eliminates the cost of obtaining certification and allows your device to be immediately activated on a network, reducing risk and speeding ROI.
  • A plug-in modem with a complete development kit will further streamline the process.
  • Cost has many components. In comparing cost of various cellular access options, look at development cost versus purchase cost as well as manufacturing and operating costs. Also consider the cost of obtaining certification if your product is not pre-certified.
  • The volume in which you will produce your product also helps determine your platform options. Designing a module into your board (as opposed to plugging in a certified modem) can make sense when the cost can be amortized over very large volumes (and when you can support the up-front cost). When your volume is less than huge, however, or when you need to pay as you go, purchasing modems makes more sense.
  • Finally, consider the trajectory of your product’s future development. If you expect your cellular needs to change—in speed, in network technology, or in related capabilities such as GPS—consider buying rather than building. It’s easier to change direction when that means buying a different product rather than having to develop a new one yourself. This is especially true if the modems you buy use a standard form factor that allows easy swap-out as generations change.

4G LTE CAT4 Modems for M2M Applications

Skywire 4G LTE CAT 4 modems are an enabling technology for M2M, the technology powering the emerging “Internet of Things”. Our 4G LTE modules allow systems to independently collect data and transmit it to other systems. This allows systems to make decisions based not just on local input but on input from a far-flung network of sites and sources. Over a short distance it’s easy to connect separate devices either by wire or wirelessly. But for quick, easy communication to just about any fixed or mobile location it’s hard to beat the cellular network. Cellular works almost anywhere and is inexpensive to implement and use, but the biggest advantage of cellular may be the speed with which it can be implemented, both by the product developer and by the end user.

Choosing the right LTE module depends on your application and your location. LTE, sometimes referred to as 4G LTE, supports data speeds of up to 100 Mbps. While LTE can be implemented over several different spectra, compatible devices should work across all LTE spectra around the world. Its high throughput rate makes it ideal for streaming data applications like video and for other high-volume processes.

Choosing Cellular Access Technology

There are a variety of ways to incorporate LTE modules into a product or device. Key issues affecting your choice include location (as a factor in cellular network availability), product size, available expertise, time, cost, and your anticipated technology roadmap.

  • Consider the cellular network you will be using. If your product will have to access a range of network technologies, you will need to be able to support a corresponding range of cellular modems.
  • If size is an issue (as it is in so many devices today) external modems will not be a viable option; even some internal modules/modems may be too large to be practical.
  • Consider what components are built into the modem itself and what will have to be configured separately to make the module/modem work.
  • If you have the time and resources you can design a cellular module into your board. Or you can streamline the process by incorporating a ready-made pre-certified modem. Designing in a module will take engineering time.
  • Products that access the network must have FCC certification, which can take months. Designing in a pre-certified cellular modem eliminates the cost of obtaining certification and allows your device to be immediately activated on a network, reducing risk and speeding ROI.
  • A plug-in modem with a complete development kit will further streamline the process.
  • Cost has many components. In comparing cost of various cellular access options, look at development cost versus purchase cost as well as manufacturing and operating costs. Also consider the cost of obtaining certification if your product is not pre-certified.
  • The volume in which you will produce your product also helps determine your platform options. Designing a module into your board (as opposed to plugging in a certified modem) can make sense when the cost can be amortized over very large volumes (and when you can support the up-front cost). When your volume is less than huge, however, or when you need to pay as you go, purchasing modems makes more sense.
  • Finally, consider the trajectory of your product’s future development. If you expect your cellular needs to change—in speed, in network technology, or in related capabilities such as GPS—consider buying rather than building. It’s easier to change direction when that means buying a different product rather than having to develop a new one yourself. This is especially true if the modems you buy use a standard form factor that allows easy swap-out as generations change.

Skywire™ 4G LTE CAT 4 embedded modems make the task of integrating cellular connectivity into your application simple. Contact NimbeLink today for more information about how embedded 4G LTE CAT 4 modems from Skywire can enable your M2M project.


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