Iridium Communications Inc. announced the commercial availability of the Iridium Core 9523 transceiver. 26 Iridium development partners, including FLYHT, SkyTrac Systems and Fastwave Communications, have been working with the company to design Iridium Core 9523-based voice and data communications devices.
Iridium reportedly operates the world’s furthest-reaching communications network, enabling the Iridium Core 9523 to deliver connectivity everywhere through, what the manufacturer says is the smallest and lightest voice and data global transceiver ever available. Smaller than a credit card, this compact module is also “at the heart” of the new Iridium Extreme.
The Iridium Core 9523 reduces the size and cost of building devices around the embedded global satellite communications technology enabled through Iridium. Delivered as a populated printed circuit board (PCB), the Iridium Core 9523 allows for compact partner product design.
“The Iridium Core 9523 adds a new level of sophistication never before available in terms of satellite communications technology in handheld devices,” said Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium. “Due to increased demand for global connectivity, advanced functionality and smaller devices, development partners increasingly come to Iridium seeking more compact and cost-effective solutions. Since cellular networks cover less than 10% of the planet, they know only Iridium provides the global reach their customers demand. We designed the Iridium Core 9523 not only to shrink the size of the Iridium Extreme transceiver, but also to enable smaller and lighter products from our partners.”
The Company designed the Iridium Core 9523 as a simpler approach to product integration. The Iridium Core 9523 is 90% smaller than its predecessor transceiver. This smaller PCB form factor allows it to be more readily integrated into existing PCB designs, enabling designers to mount it right onto their product application boards to share components and power.
Bill Tempany, president and CEO of AeroMechanical Services Ltd., an Iridium development partner marketed under the FLYHT brand, said, “The Iridium Core 9523, with its reduced power requirements, lighter weight and smaller size, is ideal for the AFIRS 228S, our global communications system for aircrafts. These factors are key design features in FLYHT’s commitment to providing a highly efficient, light and robust solution to the aviation industry.”
SkyTrac Systems, an Iridium development partner and supplier of satellite communications solutions for data, text and voice communications, has partnered with EuroAvionics GmbH & Co. to develop a flight following and satcom module using the Iridium Core 9523 that will be included within the EuroAvionics EuroNav 7 Situational Awareness System. SkyTrac is also developing a new “ISAT” system with the Iridium Core 9523. The ISAT-200A, an enhanced flight following and satellite communications system, provides multiple connections to various systems, an embedded accelerometer, and a hardened memory module for cockpit voice recording and aircraft data collection.
Iridium partner, Nick Daws, director of Australian-based Fastwave Communications, a developer in data acquisition systems for remote ocean-based observation systems and subsea sensor networks, said, “Due to the small form factor, low power consumption and capacity of the Iridium Core 9523 to support both short burst data and circuit switch data telemetry modes, it provides significant opportunities for our company to develop new applications for our systems for the highly demanding marine environment.”