Iridium 9601 SBD Transceiver

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Iridium 9601 Short Burst Data Transceiver (while supplies last)

The 9601 SBD Transceiver combines the global coverage of the Iridium satellite constellation with the low latency of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service (SBD) in a small, low-cost transceiver design.

Note: The 9601 SBD Transceiver is Discontinued by Manufacturer. The Iridium 9602 Transceiver and Iridium 9603 Transceiver are available.

The Iridium 9601 is ideal for Iridium registered partners requiring a transceiver for applications specific to the Iridium SBD Service. The Iridium 9601 integrates into a final Iridium subscriber solution for a specific application or vertical market, such as a vehicle or maritime vessel tracking solutions.

The Iridium Short-Burst Data (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)

The 9601 is a lower cost, Iridium Satellite LLC manufactured product designed as an OEM module for integration into applications that only use the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. Short Burst Data applications are supported through an RS232 interface.

How it Works

The 9601 only supports Iridium’s Short Burst Data (SBD) capability; it does not support voice, circuit switched data or short message service (SMS). The 9601 is approved by the FCC, Industry Canada, and the CE, assuming an antenna with a gain of ~3Bi and adequate shielding. This allows the 9601 to be integrated into a variety of wireless data applications or retrofitted into existing SBD-only applications using Iridium 9522 L-Band Transceiver-based products.

The 9601 is a single board core transceiver and is provided as a “black box”, with all device interfaces provided by a single multi-pin interface connector, in addition to the antenna connector. All other end-user Field Application functions such as GPS, microprocessor-based logic control, digital and analog inputs, digital and analog outputs power supply and antenna must be provided by the solution developer. The device interface consists of the serial interface, power input, network available output and power on/off control line. The 9601 does not incorporate nor require a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM card) to be inserted into the transceiver. The 9601 complies with the standards for Radio Emissions Compliance, Electromagnetic Compatibility and AC Safety in the United States, the European Union and Canada.

  • Iridium 9601 SBD Transceiver Support Documents

Iridium 9601 SBD Transceiver User's Guide


Part # SBDM0501 Tech Specs Global coverage Small form factor 340 bytes per message Single Header Connector for: - Power - On/Off Control - RS232 9-wire Interface - Network Availability SMA Antenna Connector to connect to small omni-directional L-Band antennas Simple AT Command Interface Mechanical Length (without antenna connector): 106.4 mm Width: 56.2 mm Height: 13 mm (not including user interface connector) Weight: 117g Environmental Operating temperature range: –35°C to +70°C Operating humidity range: < 75% RH Storage temperature range: –40°C to +85°C Storage humidity range: < 93% RH RF Interface Frequency range: 1616MHz to 1626.5MHz Duplexing method: TDD (Time Domain Duplex) Oscillator stability: ± 1.5ppm Antenna VSWR: 1.5:1 (50 ohms) Multiplexing method: TDMA/FDMA DC Power Interface Main input voltage: Nominal: 5.0 V DC ± 0.5V DC Ripple: 40 mVpp Peak input current @ 5V (maximum): 1.5 A Input current @ 5V (average) 350mA Input standby current @ 5V (average): 66 mA

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