Mobile Devices

May 28, 2013

Mobile Devices Can be Evaluated in Extreme Temperatures Thanks to New Test Card

Mobile technology is always moving ahead and striving for improvements. As it progresses, so does its uses. That means that there are more diverse locations where mobile technology can be used. This is especially true with machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

While we look forward to the day when every motorized vehicle can have M2M technology that will keep us save, there are scientific and military uses as well. A research team in the Antarctic or a device sending data from an Arctic weather station need to function is sub-zero temperatures.

On the flip-side, mobile devices in vehicles driving across the Sahara Desert or Death Valley need to function in temperatures that could fry an egg on the hood. These are two opposite extremes that would have the same effect on mobile devices: both could cause the devices to stop functioning.

COMPRION GmbH (or LLC) is a leading manufacturer of test measurement equipment for terminal testing, Smart Card testing and monitoring devices. They have over 15 years of experience when it comes to Smart Card technology.

According to Thomasnet News, COMPRION today launched a new test card. This card is capable of evaluating mobile device behavior in extreme temperatures. Requirements for M2M mobile communication devices are increasing.

COMPRION’s new test card is designed to confirm the proper functioning of mobile phones in extreme temperatures. M2M universal integrated circuit cards (UICCs) are a great example of devices that have to perform in a wide range of irregular environments.

The new 64K/J LTE Test (U)SIM – M2M UICC tests mobile device behavior at temperatures between -40 degrees Celsius to +105 degrees Celsius. This is in contrast to the previous requirements of -25 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius. The card, therefore, meets the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) specification TS 102 671.

That is quite the temperature range difference. The new test card supports voltage classes of 1.8, 3 and 5 V. The test card also includes LTE data fields and carries GSM and USIM application. It is available in the Plug-In/2FF format.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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