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Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE CAT 1

Digi XBee3™ smart modems offer the easiest way to integrate cellular connectivity into an OEM device or IoT gateway

 
  • Integrated MicroPython programmability enables custom scripting directly on the modem
  • XBee Transparent and API modes simplify s/w design
  • 90 days of free cellular service with development kits
  • FCC certified and carrier end-device certified for AT&T
  • Smallest end-device certified cellular modem
  • Direct USB provides easy PPP integration option
  • OTA firmware updates
  • Enhanced with Digi TrustFence® security framework
  • Manage and configure with XCTU and Digi Remote Manager®
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Digi XBee3™ modules accelerate time to market for designers, OEMs and solution providers by quickly enabling wireless connectivity and easy-to-add functionality. Building on industry-leading technology, pre-certified Digi XBee3™ modules offer the flexibility to switch between multiple frequencies and wireless protocols as needed.

The Golden Bridge Award

Ideal for moderate bandwidth (typically <25 MB per month) and low-cost IoT applications, Digi XBee3™ Cellular LTE CAT 1 modules are cost-competitive with legacy 2G/3G standard devices.

With Digi Remote Manager®, XBee3™ modules can be easily configured and controlled from a simple, central platform. Built-in Digi TrustFence® security, identity and data privacy features use more than 175 controls to protect against new and evolving cyber threats. Standard XBee API frames and AT commands, MicroPython and XCTU software tools simplify adding functionality, set-up, configuration and testing. Digi XBee3™ modules are the latest addition to the expanding Digi XBee Ecosystem of wireless modules, adapters and software – all engineered to accelerate development and deployment.

KEY INDUSTRIES

The Smallest End-Device Certified Modem for Cellular Networks

End-Device Certified
Digi XBee Cellular LTE Cat 1 is pre-certifed to work on a cellular network, saving OEMs months of time and thousands of dollars
The Smallest Form Factor
Just 24mm x 33mm with the authentic 20-pin XBee footprint we all know and trust
The Best Development Tools
Digi delivers the most robust library of tools and reference designs

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NEXT GENERATION CONFIGURATION PLATFORM FOR XBEE
  • XCTU is free and compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux.
  • Simple wireless network configuration and architecture.
  • Simple development tool for quickly building XBee API frames.
  • Explore and read firmware release notes.
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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
FREE DEVELOPER ACCOUNT

Specifications Digi XBee3™ Cellular Smart Modem, LTE CAT 1
HARDWARE
CELLULAR CHIPSET Telit LE866A1-NA
FORM FACTOR Digi XBee 20-pin through-hole
ANTENNA OPTIONS 1 U.FL: Cellular Primary, 1 U.FL: Cellular Diversity
Embedded Bluetooth Antenna
DIMENSIONS 24.38 mm x 32.94 mm
OPERATING TEMPERATURE -40º C to +85º C
SIM SIZE 4FF Nano
INTERFACE AND I/O
DATA INTERFACE UART, SPI, USB
OPERATING MODES Transparent and API over serial, PPP over USB or Serial
SECURITY Digi Trustfence™ security with Secure Boot and Protected JTAG
CONFIGURATION TOOLS Digi XCTU (Local), Digi Remote Manager (OTA)
EMBEDDED PROGRAMMABILITY MicroPython with 32 KB Flash / 32 KB RAM
I/O 4 ADC lines (10-bit), 13 Digital I/O, USB, I2C
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth LE Ready
CELLULAR CHARACTERISTICS
TRANSMIT POWER Up to 23 dBm
RECEIVE SENSITIVITY -105dBm
CARRIER APPROVALS AT&T End Device Certified
Verizon End Device Certification (Pending)
Compatible with other LTE-CAT1 carriers, see band support
SUPPORTED BANDS Bands 2,4,12
Verizon Band 4, 13 (Coming Soon)
DOWNLINK/UPLINK SPEEDS 10 Mbit/s Downlink, 5 Mbit/s Uplink (USB)
921 Kbit/s Downlink and Uplink (UART)
DUPLEX MODE Full-Duplex
POWER REQUIREMENTS (AT 3.3VDC INPUT POWER)
SUPPLY VOLTAGE 3.0 to 5.5V
PEAK TRANSMIT CURRENT 1000mA Bluetooth Disabled
1060mA Bluetooth Enabled
AVG TRANSMIT CURRENT 850mA
AVG RECEIVE CURRENT TBD
POWER SAVE MODE TBD
REGULATORY AND CARRIER APPROVALS
FCC (USA) MCQ-XB3C1
IC (CANADA) 1846A-XB3C1
VERIZON END-DEVICE CERTIFIED Pending
AT&T END-DEVICE CERTIFIED Complete
PTCRB Complete

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

There are two U.FL connectors on the Digi XBee Cellular, for primary and secondary antennas. Do I need to use both antennas for the modem to work?

The primary antenna is used for transmitting and receiving, while the secondary antenna is only used for receiving. It is recommended to use both antennas for optimal performance, but it is possible to use only the primary antenna. Note this could reduce performance and signal strength of the device, which will vary depending on the environment and range to the nearest cellular tower.

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 45-60 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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