Kit targets LTE-M development for smart energy

Jointly developed with Digi International, an LTE-M expansion kit from Silicon Labs accelerates low power cellular IoT applications for smart energy, smart cities, asset tracking or agricultural applications.

The LTE-M expansion kit features the Digi XBee3 pre-certified cellular modem and works with Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Giant Gecko 11 starter kit to simplify and accelerate the development of gateways and end devices that operate in deep-sleep mode and require extended battery life.

“Digi XBee3 cellular modems and Silicon Labs Gecko MCUs are an ideal pairing to deliver seamless cloud connectivity with ultra-low power capabilities,” said Mark Tekippe, director of Product Management, Digi International. “The pre-certified Digi XBee3 cellular modem is easy to configure and provides secure, flexible out-of-box connectivity over LTE-M and NB-IoT networks.”

“LTE-M is a great option for LPWAN applications that require a combination of long battery life, LTE reliability and low latency. LTE-M is compatible with existing LTE networks and in the future will coexist with 5G technologies,” added Mike Krell, head of IoT strategy, J. Brehm & Associates. “Vendors offering easy-to-use development tools to accelerate LTE-M solutions will be well-positioned for growth in the cellular IoT market.”

Development tools in the LTE-M expansion kit include the Digi Remote Manager, Silicon Labs’ Energy Profiler and pre-programmed demos. Digi XBee3 modems certified on AT&T and Verizon cellular networks, combined with energy-friendly EFM32 microcontrollers, provide developers with a mobile IoT development toolkit, says the company.

The kit also includes Digi XBee API frames, MicroPython and XCTU software tools, Digi TrustFence integrated device security, identity and data privacy and Digi Remote Manager for over-the-air device configuration and firmware updates.

Digi International provides business and mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. Silicon Labs provides silicon and software for the IoT, internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer and automotive markets.

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