Satellite Modules

Iridium Satellite Modules
Voice and data satellite transceiver modules enable simplified global voice and data connectivity through the world’s furthest reaching network, Iridium. Modules can be easily integrated into new partner products to reach previously under-served consumer and industrial vertical markets – and drive global communications in ways never thought possible.

Iridium 9602 Satellite Module

Designed for integration into complete wireless solutions, it provides the critical global data communications necessary for today’s global solutions. The small size, low-cost and ease of integration make the Iridium 9602 ideal for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions such as automatic vehicle location, asset monitoring, marine and personal tracking applications. 9602 leverages Iridium SBD Service.

The Iridium 9602 is designed to exclusively support Iridiums Short Burst Data Service. Authorized Iridium partners can create high-value vertical market solutions using the combination of the Iridium 9602 and SBD Services that include: low latency service, small transceiver, small antenna, and global coverage.

Iridium SBD Service provides:

  • Mobile Originated messages: up to 340 bytes
  • Mobile Terminated messages: up to 270 bytes
  • Low, uniform global latency: less than 1 minute

Additional Information

Interface

  • Frequency range: 1616 to 1626.5 MHz
  • Duplexing method: TDD Time Domain Duplex
  • Input/ output impedance: 50Ω
  • Multiplexing method: TDMA/ FDMA

Environmental Conditions

  • Operating temperature range: -40°to +85°C
  • Operating humidity range: ≤75% RH
  • Storage temperature: -40 to +85°C
  • Storage humidity range: ≤93% RH

Mechanical Specs

  • Length: 41.0mm
  • Width: 45.0mm
  • Depth: 13.0mm
  • Weight: 30g

Power Interface

  • Idle current (average): 35 mA
  • Idle current (peak): 170 mA
  • Transmit current (peak): 1.3 A
  • Transmit current (average): 140 mA
  • Receive current (peak): 170 mA
  • Receive current (average): 40 mA
  • SBD message transfer (average current):150 mA
  • SBD message transfer (average power): 0.8 W

Iridium 9603N Satellite Module

A quarter of the volume and half the footprint of its predecessor, the 9602, the 9603 combines the global coverage of the Iridium satellite constellation with the low latency of the Iridium Short Burst Data service to provide highly reliable satellite communications from pole to pole.

The 9603 redefines the spatial possibilities of satellite communications devices, delivering significant data capabilities and good value. Bringing more opportunities to expand the Iridium connected user base, the 9603 delivers:

  • Mobile Originated messages: up to 340 bytes
  • Mobile Terminated messages: up to 270 bytes
  • Low, uniform global latency: less than 1 minute

Additional Information

Module Features

  • Pole-to-pole global coverage
  • Single-board transceiver
  • Very small form factor offers unmatched flexibility
  • Single header connector for:
    • Power
    • On/off control
    • Logical level asynchronous UART control
  • Network availability
  • Simple AT command interface
  • No SIM card
  • Designed to be incorporated into an OEMsolution
  • Automatic notification to the transceiver that a mobile-terminated message is queued at the gateway

Interface

  • Frequency range: 1616 to 1626.5 MHz
  • Duplexing method: TDD Time Domain Duplex
  • Input/ output impedance: 50Ω
  • Multiplexing method: TDMA/ FDMA
  • VSWR return loss 3:1 from 1.2 GHz to 2GHz

Environmental Conditions

  • Operating temperature range: -40°to +85°C
  • Operating humidity range: ≤75% RH
  • Storage temperature: -40 to +85°C
  • Storage humidity range: ≤93% RH

Mechanical Specs

  • Length: 31.5mm
  • Width: 29.6mm
  • Depth: 8.1mm
  • Weight: 11.4g

Power Interface

  • Supply input voltage range 5.0V+/-.5V DC
  • Supply input voltage ripple <40mV pp
  • Idle current (average*) 34 mA
  • Idle current (peak) 156 mA
  • Transmit current (peak) 1.3 A
  • Transmit current (average*) 145 mA
  • Receive current (peak) 156 mA
  • Receive current (average*) 39 mA
  • SBD message transfer – average current* 158 mA
  • SBD message transfer – average power* <= 0.8 W

The Iridium Core 9523 Satellite Module

Iridium Core 9523 is Iridium’s smallest, lightest and most advanced voice and data satellite transceiver module ever, enabling simplified global voice and data connectivity through the world’s furthest reaching network.

Over 90% more compact than our previous model and featuring standardized connectors, it easily integrates into new partner products to reach previously under-served consumer and vertical markets – and drive global communications in ways never thought possible.

The module features:

  • Pole-to-pole global coverage
  • Ultra compact form factor
  • Single-board transceiver
  • Standardized connectors
  • Voice, Circuit Switched Data and RUDICS
  • Short Burst Data (SBD) capable
  • Direct PCB integration
  • FCC, Industry Canada, and CE approval

Additional Features

RF Interface

  • Frequency Range 1616 MHz to 1626.5 MHz
  • Duplexing Method TDD (Time Domain Duplex)
  • Input/Output Impedance 50 Ω
  • Multiplexing Method TDMA/FDMA

Environmental Conditions

  • Operating Temp. -30ºC to + 70ºC
  • Operating Humidity ≤ 75% RH
  • Storage Temp. -40ºC to + 85ºC
  • Storage Humidity ≤ 93 % RH

Mechanical Specs

  • Length 70.44 mm
  • Width 36.04 mm
  • Height 14.6 mm (reservoir capacitors) 8.9 mm (screen can)
  • Weight 32g

Power Interface

  • VBAT Power Input Specifications
  • Nominal Voltage +3.7 V
  • Voltage Limits +3.2 V to +6 V
  • Maximal Current 500 mA
  • VBAT Typical Current Nominal +3.7 V
  • Standby Current 70 mA
  • Peak Current during Call 300 mA
  • Average Current during Call 110 mA
  • VBOOST Power Input
  • Nominal Voltage +27 V
  • Absolute Maximal Voltage +35 V
  • Max Recommended Voltage +32 V
  • Min Voltage during Call Transmit Burst +10.5 V
  • Max Current 1 A
  • VBOOST Power Consumption
  • Typical Average Power during Call 2.3 W
  • Max Average Power during Call 3.1 W

Iridium 9602 Satellite Module Development Kit

The Iridium 9602 Developers Kit provides everything required to develop applications for the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. The small size and ease of integration make the Iridium 9602 the ideal solution for a range of M2M applications such as vehicle location, asset monitoring, marine and personal tracking.

Get started with the Iridium 9602 satellite module.

With support and services available, the Iridium 9602 Developers Kit provides a complete development environment that allows developers to get to market fast with SBD applications.

Each 9602 Developer’s Kit contains:

  • 1x Iridium 9602 module
  • 1x Iridium 9602 Test Interface Card (TIC)/li>
  • CD containing:/li>
  • 9602 Developer’s Guide/li>
  • SBD Service Developer’s Guide/li>
  • Reference files in a variety of formats/li>
  • Power Supply/li>
  • Packaging

Iridium 9603 Satellite Module Development Kit

The Iridium 9603 Developers Kit provides everything required to develop innovative tracking solutions using the worlds smallest form factor satellite transceiver. Designed for applications where space is at a premium, the Iridium 9603 Developers Kit provides a comprehensive, highly affordable platform for integration into your application.

Get started with the Iridium 9603 satellite module.

The Iridium 9603 Developers Kit provides a complete development environment including an Iridium 9603 module mounted onto a Test Interface Card (TIC). This allows for easy powering, control and interface access to the 9603 and allows it to be used with standard off-the-shelf hardware (e.g. with 5V DC power supply, Iridium approved antennas etc.)

Each 9603 Developer’s Kit contains:

  • 1x Iridium 9603 module (mounted on an Iridium 9602 TIC)
  • 1x Iridium 9602 Test Interface Card (TIC)
  • CD containing:
    • 9603 Developer’s Guide
    • SBD Service Developer’s Guide
    • Reference files in a variety of formats
  • 1x Pigtail cable, U.FL to SMA (SAMTEC MH113-MH1RP-01BJ1-0150)
  • Power Supply
  • Packaging