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Digi XBee® Cellular NB-IOT — Coming Soon

Digi XBee Cellular NB-IoT embedded modems provide OEMs with a simple way to integrate low-power narrow-band cellular connectivity into their devices.

 
  • Extremely low power consumption for battery life of 10+ years
  • Excellent coverage and building penetration
  • Reduced hardware complexity with only 1 antenna required
  • Transparent and API modes simplify software integration
  • Integrated MicroPython programmability enables custom scripting directly on the modem
  • Enhanced with Digi TrustFence™ security framework
  • CE/RED certified and network tested
  • Manage and configure with XCTU and Digi Remote Manager®
  • Available with Digi provided SIM cards and data plans

Digi XBee Cellular Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a low-cost, low power wide area (LPWA) embedded cellular modem designed specifically to handle small amounts of data over existing cellular networks, provide improved range, and optimized for maximum battery life.

The modem is programmable, with support for custom MicroPython applications running directly onboard, allowing users to more efficiently manage their devices and eliminating the need for an external microcontroller in certain use-cases.

It includes the full suite of standard Digi XBee API frames and AT commands, so existing customers can simply drop this modem into their existing designs to instantly achieve cellular integration, without the pain and hassle of doing a complete re-design. It is also CE/RED certified, making it ideal for use in LPWA applications in Europe.

Build for today. We have you covered for tomorrow.

Digi XBee modems are pin compatible and ready for emerging IoT networks.

Digi XBee Cellular LET-Cat 1 Development Board
3G
LTE-M
LTE NB-IoT

One socket allows you to connect to IoT networks around the globe. With the authentic Digi XBee footprint, you can future-proof your design and know that Digi has you covered for new carrier technologies as they emerge.

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ACCESS DATA AND MANAGE DEVICES FROM ANYWHERE

  • Remotely monitor and manage your network of devices
  • Centralized control to edit configurations, update firmware
  • Set alarm conditions and receive immediate notification
  • Schedule and automate task such as reboots
  • Push device data into any third party or IoT applications
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MODEMS
Digi XBee Cellular NB-IoT, Band 20, U.FL, TH, Europe XBC-N1-UT-001HOW TO BUY
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DEVELOPMENT KITS
Digi XBee Cellular NB-IoT Development Kit, Band 20, Europe XKC-N1T-EHOW TO BUY
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Specifications (Preliminary) Digi XBee Cellular NB-IoT
INTERFACES AND HARDWARE
CHIPSET REFERENCE u-blox N210
SERIAL DATA INTERFACE UART, SPI coming soon
CONFIGURATION METHODS AT Commands, API Frames, local or OTA
OPERATING MODES Transparent, API, Bypass
PROGRAMMABILITY MicroPython with 8 KB Flash / 24 KB RAM
ANALOG I/O 4 ADC lines (10-bit)
DIGITAL I/O 15 DIO lines
FORM FACTOR Digi XBee 20-pin through-hole
ANTENNA OPTIONS 1 U.FL
DIMENSIONS 24.38 mm x 32.94 mm
OPERATING TEMPERATURE -40º C to +80º C
RF CHARACTERISTICS
MODULATION BPSK/QPSK
TRANSMIT POWER Up to 23 dBm
RECEIVE SENSITIVITY TBD
NETWORKING AND CARRIER
CARRIER AND TECHNOLOGY NB-IoT
SUPPORTED BANDS Band 20
SECURITY Digi Trustfence™ security with Secure Boot, Encrypted Storage, Protected JTAG
RF THROUGHPUT TBD
DOWNLINK/UPLINK SPEEDS Up to ~100 Kbps
DUPLEX MODE Half-Duplex
POWER REQUIREMENTS
SUPPLY VOLTAGE 2.5 to 4.2 V
TRANSMIT CURRENT TBD
RECEIVE CURRENT TBD
IDLE CURRENT (LISTENING) TBD
DEEP SLEEP TBD
REGULATORY AND CARRIER APPROVALS
CE / RED TBD

Does Digi offer cellular data plan options for the Digi XBee Cellular modems?

Yes. Digi offers cellular service which is bundled with free Digi Remote Management to remotely monitor and manage devices, along with the capability to do over the air (OTA) remote firmware upgrades. For more information or to receive a quote, contact your sales representative or call Digi Sales at 952-912-3444 / 877-912-3444.

What’s in the Digi XBee Cellular Development Kit?

  • Digi XBee Cellular embedded modem
  • 1 Digi XBee development board
  • 1 SIM
  • 6 months of free cellular service (5MB/Month)
  • Antennas and power supply

If only one antenna is used, will the Digi XBee Cellular modem still be carrier end-device certified?

Yes. The modem has been certified for both single and dual antenna configurations. More information on antenna specification requirements can be found in the User Guide.

The development kit includes 6 months of free cellular data service. How much data can I use per month? How many SMS messages can be used per month?

6 months of free cellular service will be limited to 5MB/month and recommended to use 100 SMS per month or less. The kit is for testing purposes only, not for production.

What happens if a customer goes over the set data limits (5MB)?

If only over by a little (1-2MB), nothing. If over by 10MB in a given month, customer will be contacted by Digi to determine if a larger plan is required.

Can customers provide their own SIM for testing purposes?

Yes, they can use their own SIM if they prefer.

Does a customer need to purchase a support plan to get help with technical questions when evaluating a kit?

No purchase required, free base email support is available for customers evaluating product with a development kit.

Does Digi XBee Cellular have GPS capabilities?

No, GPS is not supported on the modem.

Is Digi XBee Cellular a drop-in replacement for other Digi XBee modules?

Yes, but customers need to evaluate the power supply of their designs to verify that they can support peak transmit currents up to 1A, which is required for all LTE CAT 1 cellular radios.

How long does it take the module to wake up from Deep Sleep and start communicating over the cellular network?

It takes about 20-30 seconds to wake up and begin transmitting over the network.

What is the difference between Transparent Mode and Bypass Mode?

Transparent Mode acts as a serial line replacement. The device queues all serial data it receives through the DIN pin for RF transmission. When a device receives RF data, it sends the data out through the DOUT pin.

In Bypass mode, the device acts as a serial line replacement directly to the cellular component. In this mode, Digi XBee Cellular Modem exposes all control of the cellular components AT port through the UART.

What is the difference between Digi XBee Cellular and NimbeLink?

A cellular breakout board like NimbeLink will include the cellular module, and may add end-device certification, a SIM slot, and a simple power supply and antenna connector. The Digi XBee Cellular hardware is fully integrated with an on-board cellular module, ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, power regulator, and security chip, all packed into the small 24.4 x 32.9mm XBee through-hole footprint. This enables a number of useful features on Digi XBee Cellular that are not available on breakout boards like Nimbelink, including the Digi XBee software interface, critical security features, sleep modes, and on-board programmability to name a few.

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