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Low power operation for telephone modem interface board (PKG-T)

Question

Can the telephone-radio modem board (PKG-T) be used in lower power modes?

Answer

Yes, both the radio and phone modems can operate in lower power modes.

The XStream radio modem has a cyclic sleep function that allows it to wake up over the RF interface. The cyclic sleeping interval is adjustable. Longer wakeup latencies result in for lower average current draw. Use the ATSM command to configure sleeping intervals between 3 and 8 for 0.5 second to 16 second intervals. The modem will draw the Idle mode current for 100ms each cycle and the sleeping mode current for the period chosen by the SM command. You may use the battery life calculator on our website to compare different scenarios.

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The phone modem also has a sleep mode available. Use the ATS24 register to specify the inactivity timeout in seconds. (eg. ATS24=5 will configure the modem to sleep after 5 seconds, ATS24 will query the value, ATS24=0 is the default (no sleep)). When the phone modem is asleep, it will wake up with either phone line or serial activity so it works well to go to sleep quickly, because the modem can wake back up quickly without losing any characters.

The PKG-T has a switching power supply that uses less current at higher voltage. See below for the power consumption of various operating modes.

Power consumption of XStream-PKG-T

Supply voltage 9V 12V 24V
Idle mode (no sleep) 120mA 90mA 45mA
Radio modem in cyclic sleep 77mA 60mA 30mA
Phone modem in sleep 86mA 63mA 33mA
Both Radio and Phone modem sleep 45mA 33mA 18mA 

Last updated: Aug 08, 2017

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