Digi International Reshapes Embedded Cellular Market with the Launch of Digi XBee Cellular

MINNETONKA, MN --- Digi International announces the general availability of Digi XBee® Cellular. Newly developed for the North American market, this addition to the Digi XBee family of products will allow Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to quickly and easily integrate LTE CAT 1 cellular connectivity into their designs.

Digi XBee Cellular provides a simple path to cellular connectivity solving a major problem for OEMs that need to provide cellular solutions for remote equipment monitoring and control in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, smart cities, and other industries. Digi XBee Cellular is the smallest end-device certified embedded cellular modem on the market and enables cellular communications at lower cost points and more efficient power consumption levels. It transmits embedded serial data via TCP, UDP or SMS over the cellular network, and unlike other embedded modems, Digi XBee Cellular offers flexible communication options including a simple transparent serial mode and an API mode with structured frames for more advanced applications.

Key features of the Digi XBee Cellular include:
•FCC pre-certified and Verizon end-device certified; no carrier certification is required for OEMs
•Authentic Digi XBee form-factor; the industry's smallest embedded modem
•Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware to provide ongoing feature and security updates
•3.3 V power with low-power options offering sleep and deep-sleep modes for battery-powered applications
•Digi TrustFence™ security features including Secure Boot, encrypted security keys, secure JTAG, and SSL/TLS 1.2 cryptographic protocols

All Digi XBees share the same footprint and software interface, across multiple wireless technologies. With a single Digi XBee socket, customers will have access to exciting new technologies including LTE CAT M1 and LTE CAT NB1 due out in Spring 2017.

A suite of development tools make integrating the Digi XBee Cellular fast and simple. The free XCTU utility is ideal for quick configuration of the modem, and Digi XBee libraries for Java and C can be used to accelerate code development for external microcontrollers. The Digi XBee Cellular development kit offers everything a developer needs to immediately focus on building cellular-connected products, with a free data plan and pre-activated SIM included for plug-and-play development.

Digi XBee Cellular is available at an MSRP of $99, and the Digi XBee Cellular development kit at an MSRP of $199. The modem includes a one-year warranty. Digi XBee Cellular is available from a number of leading distributors including Arrow Electronics, Avnet, Digi-Key Electronics, Future Electronics, Mouser Electronics and Symmetry Electronics.

For more information, visit http://www.digi.com/XBeeCellular

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