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Telit’s GE865-QUAD Cellular M2M Module Earns Certification on the AT&T Wireless Network

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (AIM: TCM), announced today that the world’s smallest cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) module, Telit’s GE865-QUAD, is now certified for use on the AT&T wireless network. The GE865-QUAD boasts an extremely compact form factor and optimized power consumption making it ideal for small, body-worn tracking and tracing applications.

The GE865-QUAD is one of the first devices to undergo testing and certification within AT&T’s recently launched, Austin-based lab facility designed specifically for emerging device and business M2M applications. Emphasizing AT&T’s commitment to this rapidly growing market, the new lab is serving as its hub for testing network compatibility, data performance and audio quality for a broad range of non-traditional, wirelessly-enabled devices like netbooks, eReaders, portable navigation devices, utility products and healthcare-related devices.

AT&T has been an innovative, proactive, early leader in supporting M2M communications via cellular technologies. The company’s network-ready lab provides consumer electronics and M2M device manufacturers with a dedicated pipeline for product certification over the AT&T cellular network.

The GE865-QUAD is the eighth Telit M2M module to be certified by AT&T. Other Telit GSM/GPRS modules available for launch on the AT&T network include the GE864-QUAD, GE863-QUAD, GM862-QUAD, GC864-QUAD, GM862-GPS, GE863-PRO3 and GE863-GPS.

The GE865-QUAD is one of the first Telit products to incorporate a next generation cellular chipset from Infineon, providing the basis for the module’s innovative single-chip design solution. Telit’s GE865-QUAD features a form factor of only 22 x 22 x 3 mm and weighs 3.2 grams, making it the smallest globally available GSM/GPRS module.

The module also features a Ball Grid Array (BGA) design, tape and reel packaging and an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack, that provides support for UDP, FTP and SMTP via AT commands. Equipped with Premium FOTA Management, the GE865-QUAD can receive over-the-air remote software updates without the extra cost of additional components. Additionally, since Telit owns and controls the firmware within its modules, any changes to underlying chipsets will have minimal impact on customers’ application designs.

For more information about Telit and the GE865-QUAD, visit www.telit.com.

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