NimbeLink modem delivers cellular connectivity

  • September 29, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

NimbeLink has introduced the Skywire 4G LTE Cat-1 NA modem for delivering fast reliable cellular connectivity to products with applications in North America.

The NL-SW-LTE-TC1NAG modem supports GNSS, dual SIMs, a single SKU for both AT&T and Verizon networks, and integrated TCP/IP stacks, plus it is AT&T’s FirstNet band-14 capable.

The modem is pin compatible with NimbeLink Cat-3 modems – NL-SW-LTE-TNAG-X and NL-SW-LTE-TSVG-X – and the Cat-4 NL-SW-LTE-TC4NAG. This modem suits applications requiring lower throughput than Cat-3 and Cat-4 modems, with the added benefit of a lower cost product and dual-carrier firmware, also supported by NL-SW-LTE-TC4NAG.

Skywire embedded modems can reduce the cost, risks and timelines of IoT product development. With RF engineering and fully validated software, Skywire allows users to focus on their application and not engineering cellular radios.

Standardised connectivity gives flexibility to update and alternate radios for new geographies, carriers and technologies. Further, the embedded modems are end-device certified, meaning the end-product will not need to go through the complex process of carrier certification. This can be critical for the first release of a product and each iteration as market feedback comes in.

Skywire modems can reduce time-to-market and are suitable for product development through large-scale production. All Skywire modems are patented and backed by documentation and expert-level product support.

The NL-SW-LTE-TC1NAG uses 4G LTE Cat-1 with 3G fallback. It has a U.FL port for flexible antenna options. Direct module access is via serial uart or USB. There is GNSS support for GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo and QZSS. It is RoHS compliant.

Temperature range is -40 to +85˚C, dimensions 29 by 33 by 10.5mm and weight 8g. Supply voltage is 3.4 to 4.2V, 3.8V nominal, and IO voltage 1.65 to 5.5V.