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GSM-GPRS add-on meets time-to-market demands

Posted: 23 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:add on GSM-GPRS? system-on-module? time to market hardware?

SwiftModule system-on-module

Direct Insight has created a GSM/GPRS add-on for its low-power Windows CE-based SwiftModule production-ready embedded system-on-module supplied with a comprehensive production-quality board support package. This means that when a product is built on SwiftModule, the most time-consuming and expensive part of the hardware design is already done, as is the equally costly porting of the OS to the hardware, enabling the developer to get to market in a matter of weeks.

Time-to-market forces mean that embedded devices are increasingly created around a production-ready CPU module, giving instant access to the wide-ranging connectivity afforded by 32bit operating systems such as Windows CE. Direct Insight has created a GSM/GPRS add-on for its low-power Windows CE-based SwiftModule production-ready embedded system-on-module. SwiftGSM adds fully integrated hardware and software support for a quadband GSM/GPRS modem, in the form of a reference design, drivers and an extension board for use with the SwiftModule system's SwiftKit development kit.

Customers creating a SwiftModule based design with GSM connectivity would typically use the SwiftKit development system with a SwiftGSM installed, enabling them to begin application development immediately. Meanwhile, using the supplied schematics, a custom baseboard is created to implement the required connectors, power supply and SwiftGSM circuit, and the ready-made SwiftModule plugs in to this. Alternatively, Direct Insight is able to turn around baseboards to customers' specifications in just four to five weeks.

SwiftGSM is based on a Telit GE864 quadband modem with full Dial-up Network integration, and a Windows CE 6.0 R2 Cellcore Radio Interface Layers. Typical applications include remote monitoring, traffic management, remote surveillance, shelf-edge displays, Web servers, asset tracking and any handheld solution requiring communications beyond the reliable reach of a wireless network. The SwiftModule system supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.

SwiftGSM is available immediately worldwide from Direct Insight.

- Henri Arnold
EE Times Europe

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