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February 13, 2017

It Makes Logic Sense

Is your company looking to fully use a 4G cellular network easily?

Logic Supply, designer of highly configurable computers engineered for reliability, has the answer for your company’s needs with its new Extrovert line of 4G SIM card-based modems that are pre-certified to work on major carrier networks. The solution is platform-agnostic and allows companies to connect Logic Supply hardware to the network, no matter their software, computer model, or configuration.

“Our customers wanted 4G connectivity without the frustration, complexity, and cost of the certification process,” said Roland Groeneveld, CEO, Logic Supply. “This product was driven by a challenge brought to our engineers by a customer who needed connectivity for embedded appliances distributed throughout North America. The Extrovert line resulted and we’re excited that this work will benefit all customers requiring just this kind of 4G connectivity.”

How does it work? Application developers use the LTE network for primary connectivity in remote locations, and failover connectivity in areas accessible by WiFi or hardwired Internet. Depending on the application, data flows bi-directionally. For example, an industrial automation engineer can push updates to M2M devices while bypassing firewalls, while an operational professional can receive real-time machine updates to guide predictive maintenance decisions.

“Enabling 4G LTE connectivity is critical for several burgeoning Internet of Things applications but, in many cases, is not an existing competence within the broader embedded engineering community,” says Dan Mandell, Senior Analyst at VDC Research. “The potential savings on time and development resources from leveraging the combination of pre-certified Extrovert modems and Logic Supply embedded systems cannot be overstated.”

Extrovert combines industry-leading modules from Sierra Wireless and u-blox with a SIM slot, integrating both into the Mini PCIe expansion card standard. The result is a module that fits inside the smallest of form factors, including Mini-ITX, NUC, and other Logic Supply compact embedded box PCs.

The Extrovert includes two core modem models: the NWK100 and NWK200. The NWK100, based on the u-blox TOBY-L2, offers connectivity to the AT&T and T-Mobile networks and adds $191 to the price of compatible systems. The in-development NWK200, powered by the Sierra AirPrime EM/MC module, enables connectivity to the AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon networks. It also enables connectivity to leading European carriers such as Vodafone, Orange, and Telefonica. The modems will carry all the required certifications and tests including PTCRB, FCC/CE, and GCF registrations.

The makers of the Extrovert at Logic Supply are supplying your company with the latest technology that they can develop with all of the bells and whistles attached it the program.




Edited by Ken Briodagh


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