Skywire® 4G LTE CAT 1 AT&T/T-Mobile Embedded Modem – Sierra Wireless

Active Cell  640 mA (Typical)
Average Power 530 mA
PSM (Power Save Mode) 1.7 mA
Input Voltage 3V-5.5V
I/O Voltage 1.65V-5.5V
Temperature Range -40º to 85ºC
Dimensions 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm

End-Device Certified Modem

NimbeLink is the leading provider of cellular technology, solutions, and services. The company has extensive experience in designing and building embedded product solutions. Because of this experience and the company’s design review program, products using the NL-SW-LTE-S7648 embedded modem will be developed and deployed right the first time. The NL-SW-LTE-S7648 is end-device certified and enables the fastest and most cost-effective time to market. With NimbeLink’s tried and trusted processes there is no “going back to the drawing board.”

Created by a product company for product companies, the NL-SW-LTE-S7648 includes the required carrier, FCC, and IC certifications, and is available with data plans from all major North American carriers. The product has been created using the latest 4G LTE technologies.

The NimbeLink team and NL-SW-LTE-S7648 Skywire modem take the complexity out of designing and deploying cellular IoT solutions, and get you to market fast!

Features:

  • No carrier certification required
  • Antenna independent
  • USB and UART serial interfaces
  • Small form-factor
  • Skywire interface
  • U.FL port for antenna flexibility
  • RoHS Compliant

Advantages

  • FCC and IC Certified
  • Longest Network Life
  • Improved reception with RX diversity
  • 3V-5V input
  • Lower cost than LTE CAT 3-4 modems

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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 module down, external modems, or solder-in modules. It uses the Skywire 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-S7648

  • Digi-Key (TBD)
  • Arrow (TBD)
  • GetWireless (TBD)

Skywire®, LTE CAT 1, AT&T, T-Mobile, Canada

NL-SIM-COM

3FF Commercial Temp range SIM card, Verizon

NL-SIM-IND

3FF Industrial Temp range SIM card, Verizon

NL-SIM-ATT

3FF Commercial Temp Range SIM card, AT&T

NL-SIM-TMO

3FF Commercial Temp Range SIM card, T-Mobile

NL-SIM-VOD

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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