NimbeLink’s pre-certified Skywire® embedded modems now come in EVDO and GPRS versions to help speed cellular M2M products to market.
(Plymouth MN, April 22, 2014) – NimbeLink’s Skywire 1xRTT plug-in modem, based on Telit’s CE910 module has now been joined by two new Skywire versions. The initial version of Skywire, the industry’s smallest embedded cellular modem, was recently named a finalist for the ECN Impact Awards, Boards, Modules and Embedded Systems category. Pre-certified and available packaged with affordable cellular service, Skywire is helping developers speed cellular products to market by eliminating the cost and delay normally required for certification and offering a complete development kit to help them integrate the modem into their products.
Skywire’s new EVDO version is based on Telit’s DE910-DUAL module. It supports CDMA EV-DO rev. A and also integrates GPS and GLONASS receivers for worldwide positioning coverage.
Skywire’s new GPRS version is based on Telit’s GE910-QUAD module and supports GSM GPRS class 10.
NimbeLink, a fast-growing integrator of M2M product development services and products, has partnered with Telit to speed up design of specialized systems for M2M applications. “The immediate acceptance on the 1xRTT version of our Skywire product and the demand for other versions encouraged us to quickly expand the product line,” says NimbeLink CEO Scott Schwalbe. “Using Telit E910 modules allowed us to introduce new version just months after introducing our first Skywire modem. We are already developing the fourth and fifth members of the Skywire product family, a HSPA+ version and a LTE version, both based on modules in Telit’s E910 line.”
“Telit’s design approach simplifies our development process,” says NimbeLink CTO Kurt Larson. “The ability to extend the Skywire’s product family using Telit’s E910 pre-certified modules lets us quickly add new versions of our modem, just as Skywire helps developers speed products to market without the cost and wait for certification. We stayed with the Telit 910 family of modules because of their performance and shared form factor.”
Skywire is available with a complete development kit that includes the cellular modem itself, baseboard, antenna, power supply, debug cables, and cellular service plan. The Skywire baseboard is an Arduino shield, allowing direct connection to an Arduino microcontroller.
“The speed of change in the ‘Internet of Things’ is creating new opportunities every day,” says Schwalbe. “Successful providers have to get products to market quickly, and NimbeLink is in the business of meeting needs as quickly as they appear. We rely on partners like Telit to be able to do that for our customers.”
NimbeLink takes the complexity out of M2M communication, creating simple, application-specific solutions and providing a range of design, component, and manufacturing solutions to M2M product developers. The company’s designers have extensive experience in M2M development and have won numerous product design awards including the Design News Golden Mousetrap Award in 2013, the Connect Most Innovative New Product Award in 2012, and the 2012 Embedded Computing Design Top Embedded Innovation Award.