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October 10, 2013

Telit's GE866-QUAD Brings Latest Technological Advancements to 2G

There’s been a lot of talk about the death of 2G lately, but Telit Wireless Solutions doesn’t seem too concerned about it. In fact, the company rolled out a new flagship 2G cellular module earlier this year, the GE910-QUAD V3, based on the latest 2G chipset release. And, earlier this week, Telit introduced its smallest and first 2G cellular module with leading-edge “Conformal Coating” encasing technology, which makes it both lighter and more robust.

Dubbed the GE866-QUAD, this new module is targeted at the worldwide GSM market with an 850/900/1800/1900MHz quad-band GSM/GPRS engine that is voice capable, supporting both analog and digital (DVI) interfaces. On the data side, it offers GPRS class 10, 3GPP Release 4 compliance and features a high-speed ITU-T V.24 UART interface, seven I/O ports, and an A/D-D/A converter.

In terms of application development, the GE866-QUAD features RIL drives for all major operating systems, while an embedded Python script interpreter allows for a processing core in the cellular engine to run customer applications. This also facilitates direct access to a companion Telit GNSS module for a complete, miniature tracking device.

Finally, in the area of battery life, the GE866-QUAD boasts class-leading power consumption, size and GPIO (general-purpose input/output) with 1.8-Volt logic — making it an ideal choice for the wearable technology segment.

"The launch of the GE866-QUAD puts Telit in the lead of M2M miniaturization in two pivotal areas: cellular modules and positioning which we have led since the launch of the SE880 GPS receiver in 2012," said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions. "It also marks the first time the new technology of Conformal Coating is used in our cellular modules, which makes them substantially stronger, more environmentally robust and lighter. When you add these characteristics to long-term availability ensured by the use of newest release of GSM/GPRS chipset, it is very likely that the GE866-QUAD will enable whole new classes of applications in verticals we don't even imagine at this point."

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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