Telit, NImbeLink partner to speed up M2M systems design

M2M hardware players Telit and NimbeLink say they have formed a partnership to speed up the design of specialized systems for M2M applications.

Under the Skywire brand, NimbeLink (Plymouth, MN, USA) has launched a series of embedded modems that use Telit’s (London, UK) xE910 family of modules, allowing designers to incorporate cellular connectivity into their products.

The first Skywire module comes with an embedded 2G CDMA 1xRTT product that is described by the companies as the smallest embedded cellular modem on the market.

The device uses Telit’s CE910-DUAL module and allows developers to design a product once and then deploy it globally.

Telit says the modem is available with bundled CDMA 1xRTT data plans from leading carriers, so that developers can add cellular connectivity to their offerings without having to apply for certification beforehand.

Skywire is said to be available with a complete development kit, including the cellular modem, baseboard, antenna, power supply, debug cables and cellular service plan.

NimbeLink says it is using Skywire with its own TextAlert product – a cellular gateway for commercial and industrial applications.

“The whole M2M field is growing so quickly that it’s difficult to predict what the market will demand next,” says NimbeLink CEO Scott Schwalbe. “But NimbeLink is in the business of meeting needs as quickly as they appear, and partnering with Telit is a big part of the reason we’re able to do that.”

Telit says use of the xE910 unified form factor and the “design once deploy globally concept” will allow NimbeLink to expand into markets that employ network technology other than CDMA.