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By Rich Handley

Digi International Intros Embedded Modem
Digi International, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things connectivity products and services, has announced the general availability of its Digi XBee Cellular system. Newly developed for the North American market, this addition to the company's Digi XBee family of products will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate LTE CAT 1 cellular connectivity into their designs.

Digi XBee Cellular is intended for OEMs that need to provide cellular solutions for remote equipment monitoring and control in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, smart cities and other industries. According to the company, Digi XBee Cellular enables cellular communications at lower cost points and more efficient power consumption levels. It transmits embedded serial data via TCP, UDP or SMS text message over the cellular network, and offers flexible communication options, including a transparent serial mode and an application programming interface mode, with structured frames for more advanced applications.

Digi XBee Cellular is FCC pre-certified and Verizon end-device certified, with no carrier certification required for OEMs. Features include an authentic Digi XBee form-factor; over-the-air firmware to provide ongoing feature and security updates; 3.3 volts of power, with low-power options offering sleep and deep-sleep modes for battery-powered applications; and Digi TrustFence security features, including Secure Boot, encrypted security keys, secure JTAG and SSL/TLS 1.2 cryptographic protocols.

A suite of development tools is designed to make integrating the Digi XBee Cellular system fast and simple, the company reports. The free XCTU utility is suitable for quick configuration of the modem, and Digi XBee libraries for Java and C can accelerate code development for external microcontrollers.

"Digi XBee is known as one of the most advanced and innovative product lines in the industry," said Joel Young, Digi International's chief technology officer, in a prepared statement. "With the addition of Digi XBee Cellular to the Digi XBee product line, we're bringing the same characteristics of reliability, flexibility and value to allow OEMs to quickly and easily integrate LTE CAT 1 cellular technology into their devices and applications."

Digi XBee Cellular is currently available for $99, while the Digi XBee Cellular development kit costs $199. The modem includes a one-year warranty. Digi XBee Cellular is available from numerous distributors, including Arrow Electronics, Avnet, Digi-Key Electronics, Future Electronics, Mouser Electronics and Symmetry Electronics.

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