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New Iridium 9602 Short Burst Data (SBD) Transceiver Available from AST

The new Iridium 9602 SBD is a full-duplex short-burst data transceiver designed for embedded applications in the rapidly growing market for remote asset tracking and monitoring solutions. The product, which is the culmination of a two-year research and development programme, has completed prototype testing, is expected to be available June 2010.


The 9602 SBD is a smaller, lower-cost data communication engine for a wide range of portable tracking and monitoring device. The matchbox-sized Iridium 9602 is 69% smaller, 74 % lighter and considerably less expensive than its predecessor, 9601 SBD modem.

A unique feature of the Iridium 9602 is its built-in GPS input/output ports which will permit system integrators to interface with an external GPS receiver, using a single dual-mode L-Band antenna for GPS and Iridium SBD, saving the cost of an antenna on applications.

The duplex data links provided by the Iridium 9602 will permit two-way communications to and from the remote devices, allowing users to reprogram the unit, adjust its reporting intervals and send on-demand queries for specific data updates. It will also enable first responders and search-and-rescue authorities to respond to emergency distress signals from personal location and tracking devices.

For further information please contact your AST Account Manager.

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