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Telit M2M modules run on Atmel MCU

Posted: 14 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM9-based processor? machine-to-machine? M2M modules?

Atmel Corp. and Telit Communications PLC have disclosed that Telit has been harnessing the MCU expertise of Atmel for the development of its machine-to-machine (M2M) modules.

The GE863-PRO3 is the first product in Telit's dual-processor range to feature an Atmel AT91SAM9260 ARM9-based processor running the application in tandem with a dedicated processor for GPRS communication. It provides the high processing power and the flexibility to support today's rapidly changing M2M market that demands more advanced features and more processing power at ever-shorter intervals. Its standard form factor and easy integration make the Telit module particularly attractive for applications such as POS terminals or fleet management. The GE863-PRO3 has met with tremendous market success since its launch in Q4 2007.

At the core of the GE863-PRO3 is the AT91SAM9260, an ARM9-based embedded processor from Atmel that delivers processing power above 200 MIPS. Whereas in the past just one sub-50 MIPS MCU took care of alternate communication and application tasks, the additional AT91SAM9260 processor now controls only real-time applications, while the second GPRS processor handles time-critical GPRS communications transactions.

Smart design
The GE863-PRO3 is designed as a small footprint platform that can be easily adapted to rapidly changing demand in the M2M market without the need to re-design the hardware. This is assured by a standard form factor, tried-and-tested BGA assembly and sufficient integrated memory for software applications. It thus facilitates a short time-to-market with a simultaneous reduction in development costs for applications.

Telit's PRO3 professional dual-processor range can be adapted to the particular needs of specialist areas thanks to a number of expansion options. The WiFi add-on WA100-DUAL, for example, facilitates the wireless connections over short distances that are needed for fleet management. Hand-held devices and scanners on the loading ramp can thus transfer information on stock management or facilitate data transfer with lorries.

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