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Digi XBee® Cellular

Digi XBee Cellular LTE Cat 1 embedded modems provide OEMs with a simple way to integrate cellular connectivity into their devices

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  • Industry’s fastest path to embedded cellular connectivity
  • Smallest end-device certified embedded cellular modem on the market
  • FCC pre-certified and Verizon end-device certified
  • Authentic 20-pin Digi XBee through-hole form factor
  • Standard Digi XBee AT and API interfaces
  • 3.3 V power for battery-powered applications
  • OTA firmware updates
  • SSL/TLS for secure communications
  • Configure locally with XCTU or remotely with Digi Remote Manager®
How to Buy

Digi is excited to bring together the power and flexibility of the Digi XBee ecosystem with the latest 4G cellular technology, with the new Digi XBee Cellular embedded modem. This solution enables OEMs to quickly integrate cutting edge 4G cellular technology into their devices and applications without dealing with the painful, time-consuming, expensive FCC and carrier end-device certifications. A bundled data plan will be included with every development kit with 6 months of free data, with the Digi XBee fully pre-provisioned and ready to communicate over the cellular network right out of the box.

With the full suite of standard Digi XBee API frames and AT commands, existing Digi XBee customers can seamlessly transition to this new modem with only minor software adjustments. When OEMs add the Digi XBee Cellular Modem to their design, they create a future-proof design with flexibility to switch between wireless protocols or frequencies as needed, ideal for any business with an agile roadmap.

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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

Introducing the Digi XBee Cellular

Digi Product Manager, Matt Dunsmore introduces the Digi XBee® Cellular 4G LTE Cat 1 Embedded Modem to the Digi XBee Ecosystem.

“Hello, Phone!” In 5 Minutes

Easy Set Up
  1. Connect the hardware
  2. Set SMS mode
  3. Set destination phone number
  4. Type your message and hit return
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Hello, Phone!

Development Board

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Digi XBee Cellular makes connecting your product easier by smoothing out the hardware, the certifications, and the development tools to configure and maintain your connected device.

With the smallest footprint available, Digi XBee Cellular gives OEMs the most design flexibility.

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Specifications Digi XBee Cellular
INTERFACES AND HARDWARE
SERIAL DATA INTERFACE UART (SPI coming soon)
ANALOG I/O 4 ADC lines (coming soon)
DIGITAL I/O 15 DIO lines (coming soon)
FORM FACTOR 20-pin XBee through-hole
ANTENNA OPTIONS 2 U.FL for primary and secondary antennas
DIMENSIONS 0.960 x 1.297 in (2.438 x 3.294 cm)
CHIPSET REFERENCE Telit/Altair
OPERATING TEMPERATURE -40º C to +80º C
RF CHARACTERISTICS
MODULATION LTE/4G – QPSK, 16QAM
TRANSMIT POWER 23dBm
RECEIVE SENSITIVITY -102 dBm
NETWORKING AND CARRIER
CARRIER AND TECHNOLOGY Verizon 4G LTE Cat 1
SUPPORTED BANDS 4/13
SECURITY SSL/TLS (Up to 1.2)
DATA RATES 921 Kbps via UART
POWER REQUIREMENTS
SUPPLY VOLTAGE 3.0 to 5.5v
TRANSMIT CURRENT 860 mA average, 1020 mA Peak @ 3.3V
RECEIVE CURRENT 530 mA average @ 3.3V
IDLE CURRENT (LISTENING) 143 mA @ 3.3V
DEEP SLEEP Approximately 10μA
REGULATORY AND CARRIER APPROVALS
FCC (USA) Contains: FCC: RI7LE866SV1
IC (CANADA) Contains: IC: 5131A-LE866SV1
VERIZON END-DEVICE Certified and ready for immediate use

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What’s in the Digi XBee Cellular Development Kit?

  • Digi XBee Cellular LTE Cat 1 embedded modem
  • 1 Digi XBee development board
  • 1 LTE Cat 1 SIM for Verizon
  • 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 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.

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