Iridium and Cambridge Consultants jointly develop compact, lightweightsatellite transceiver module
20 May 2010
In coordination with the Iridium engineering team, Cambridge Consultants led the design process that saw the culmination of a new satellite transceiver module. The Iridium 9602 short burst data (SBD) transceiver is nearly 70% smaller than the previous model, contains approximately half the number of parts and is now commercially available.
The Iridium 9602 is smaller, lighter and costs less to manufacture than the previous model, the Iridium 9601 transceiver. The Iridium 9602 revolutionises global two-way data communications, opening up new opportunities for Iridium development and distribution partners in global machine-to-machine (M2M) and asset tracking markets.
Cambridge Consultants, which has a longstanding collaborative relationship with Iridium, was also involved in the strategy and creation of the Iridium 9555 and 9505A satellite phones, the Iridium 9522B L-band transceiver (LBT), the Iridium OpenPort maritime voice and data service, and the Iridium 9601.
The use of the two ASICs makes the Iridium 9602 approximately 70% smaller in size and 74% lighter in weight than its predecessor. The customised ASICs also improve the lifecycle of the Iridium 9602 compared to devices created with ready-made, commercial-off-the-shelf parts.
The Iridium 9602 provides greater flexibility for companies looking to integrate satellite communications into a diverse range of remote M2M applications, whether they are fleet management and monitoring, personnel tracking, remote sensor telemetry or enterprise logistics. Organisations are now able to greatly increase their efficiency in monitoring assets wherever they are in the world.
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