M1, Sigfox, and LoRa

The Internet of Things (IoT) will never be a planned system. It is growing organically and being shaped by millions of participants, applications, and technologies. While no one can predict just what it will look like as it grows, everyone agrees that it will be really big and that connectivity will be its lifeblood. That Read More

LTE Cat1 Speed Comparison – From the Workshop

When designers are evaluating cellular connectivity, bandwidth is always a discussion point because it is more constrained than traditional Ethernet and Wifi speeds. Typically the cellular technology dictates the bandwidth, but the realized bit rates are oftentimes much lower than the theoretical maximums due to uncontrollable factors like network congestion, poor RF environments, etc. However, Read More

LTE Cat1 Power Comparison – From the Workshop

When it comes to embedded cellular modems, designers have options. We set out to compare performance between two 4G LTE CAT1 Verizon embedded cellular modems, specifically NimbeLink’s Skywire vs. Digi International’s XBee®* Cellular. The intent was to capture empirical data to help customers choose which product is the right fit for their application. Not all Read More

The Next Big Thing in IoT

Innovation drives markets and then drives further innovation. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a perfect example. By allowing autonomous devices to speak to one another, the IoT is generating an incredible explosion of new ideas, new products and systems, and enormous potential profits. The missing piece has been an efficient and cost-effective way of Read More

Game Changers in Low Power Cellular IoT

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT), specifically cellular IoT is one of the fastest-growing markets many of us will ever see. As in any new market there will be a steady supply of “game changers,” but one of the biggest will be the demand for low power cellular modems. The cellular network was created to Read More

Gumstix Chooses NimbeLink Skywire® Modem for Drone-Specific AeroCore2 Expansion Board

Gumstix is a premier provider of Linux-based COMs (computer-on-modules) and expansion boards for Linux and Android products, serving customers in over 45 countries. The company’s Geppetto® free online design-to-order system lets customers develop and purchase systems unique to their needs incorporating components from Gumstix’ large portfolio of small computers and embedded boards. When Gumstix needed Read More

Cellular IoT meets Digital Signage

Signage is at least as old as language, and even before widespread literacy signs used pictures to promote their owners’ businesses. But until recently the rule was “one sign = one message.” That changed with the advent of digital signage. Today’s digital signs can change from minute to minute to capture the attention of passers-by. Read More