As the Internet of Things grows, so does the number of devices that could benefit from cellular connectivity to central databases, reporting systems, and control systems. NimbeLink’s mini PCI express adapter board is designed to let product developers easily add Verizon cellular connectivity to any device with a mini-PCIe slot—embedded PCs, laptops, or custom PC boards–without the cost and delay of obtaining FCC and carrier certification.
The mini PCIe adapter board is ideal for adding cellular connectivity to either new or existing designs. It is small and accepts any of NimbeLink’s certified Skywire™ cellular modems, which are the smallest in the industry. It plugs into a slot that is already in place on many circuit boards. And by incorporating Skywire device-certified modems, it eliminates the cost and delay of chip-down design and obtaining FCC and carrier certification.
The standard half-size PCIe adapters, with choice of compact Skywire modem, fit easily within most of today’s miniaturized devices. If the customer’s device only accepts a full-size card, the PCIe and modem can plug into a half-to-full-size adapter. Customers can purchase the PCIe adapter board from NimbeLink distributors or manufacture their own using NimbeLink-provided design files, bill of materials, and PCB gerbers.
Developers can use the Skywire mPCIe adapter to connect directly from the PC to the modem’s USB port to send AT commands through a PC terminal application.
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.