Smart Modem & Development Kit Futureproof IoT Designs

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LTE-M development kit helps developers to easily standardize and futureproof their Internet of things (IoT) designs

LTE-M and NB-IoT are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular technologies, specifically designed to address the growing demand for low-power, long-range options for IoT devices. To leverage the benefits of these technologies, you need the right hardware to accelerate time-to-market and a future-proof deployment.

New Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M development kits

Digi International has announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M development kits, featuring the company’s smart cellular modem. The kit is intended to accelerate time to market for designers adding cellular technology to their wireless solutions.


This LTE-M certification is to be followed by the certification of Digi XBee3 Cellular NB-IoT in October 2018. The modem is claimed as the first LPWAN, software-defined technology-agile modems capable of offering Cat-M or NB-IoT on a single, compact footprint, the company said.

One of the key benefits of the product is that it is designed to be customer-configurable. This will allow developers to easily standardize and futureproof their IoT designs by simply changing modems and SIMs to leverage different wireless protocols without having to redesign hardware for different regions or applications.

The new Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M smart modem is integrated into the development kit via a 20-pin Digi XBee socket, ultimately allowing for solution connectivity via millions of sockets already deployed around the globe.

The module can also be easily configured and controlled from a centralized platform such as the Digi Remote Manager.

Supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and TrustFence Secured

The Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M is a smart cellular modem supported by AWS IoT Core. With built-in Digi TrustFence security, the module’s identity and data privacy features use more than 175 controls to protect against new and evolving cyber threats. It also provides the tools to secure connected devices, including data in motion with TLS 1.2 encryption and bi-directional authentication – required for AWS IoT connectivity.

Kit Speeds SoC Development For Complex Embedded Applications

Cellular LTE-M Smart Modem Features

  • FCC certified and carrier end-device certified
  • Integrated MicroPython programmability
  • Up to 180 days of free cellular service with development kits
  • Excellent coverage and building penetration
  • Low power consumption optimized for long battery life
  • Direct USB provides easy PPP integration option
  • Enhanced with Digi TrustFence security framework
  • Manage and configure with XCTU and Digi Remote Manager
  • Digi XBee Transparent and API modes simplify design
  • Reduced hardware complexity with only one antenna required


The Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M smart modem development kit is now available for evaluation and testing. The kit includes one Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M embedded modem, one XBee3 development board, one active SIM, up to six months of free cellular service, antennas and power supply, and Digi’s full library of documentation and examples.

Video Tutorial

Click here for a tutorial on connecting Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M to AWS IoT using MQTT and TLS 1.2 encryption. Everything needed is included in the development kit.



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