Module helps machines talk wirelessly
AC75, a new EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution) wireless module, was announced recently by Siemens Communications for use in the expanding machine-to-machine communication market. Rugged design is said to withstand extreme temperatures, -30 to +85 °C. Quadruple band-capable frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for potential use in all GSM wireless networks worldwide. It’s expected to be available in the U.S. in Q306.
Java support for AC75 offers developers fast and simple implementation of related applications, Siemens says. Wireless module components, including a powerful processor and a large flash memory, help product developers save on the cost of materials and enable finished products to be brought to market swiftly. Peter Fowler, vice president of wireless modules at Siemens Communications Inc., says Siemens is the world’s leading supplier of wireless modules, with a 38% market share.
Watch for more about wireless sensing from Control Engineering in a cover story, posted mid-May 2006 at www.controleng.com/archive .
— Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief, MHoske@cfemedia.com