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Siemens MC75 - EDGE, GPRS Class 12, Quad band

Introduction

The MC75 is the first GSM/GPRS radio module featuring EDGE technology, which is currently the fastest data transfer standard in worldwide GSM networks. EDGE (“Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution”) allows downloads and streaming of data-intensive multimedia files, exchange of email attachments and fast internet or intranet access. Thanks to EDGE, users can easily conduct their business activities on the Internet or on the company intranet using their smartphone, PDA or laptop PC — in fact, this can be done three times faster than when using GPRS; EDGE theoretically has a maximum bit rate of 474 kbps compared to GPRS with 171 kbps.

The Siemens MC75 is fully supported by the ActiveXperts SMS and MMS Toolkit software.

  Download ActiveXperts SMS Messaging Server   (or click here to visit the ActiveXperts web site)

Hardware

The MC75 is the first GSM/GPRS radio module featuring EDGE technology, which is currently the fastest data transfer standard in worldwide GSM networks. EDGE (“Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution”) allows downloads and streaming of data-intensive multimedia files, exchange of email attachments and fast internet or intranet access. Thanks to EDGE, users can easily conduct their business activities on the Internet or on the company intranet using their smartphone, PDA or laptop PC — in fact, this can be done three times faster than when using GPRS; EDGE theoretically has a maximum bit rate of 474 kbps compared to GPRS with 171 kbps. As GSM evolves in the direction of UMTS, the EDGE standard's role is growing increasingly important. As a supplement or alternative to UMTS, it offers high data transfer rates and a significantly better utilisation of network capacity without any additional investments in the existing infrastructure being necessary. While the UMTS infrastructure is still being developed, EDGE already ensures a global coverage even in rural areas. In areas where there is still no UMTS infrastructure, EDGE can fill regional gaps during the transition period until UMTS is launched. In addition, EDGE offers mobile network operators without a UMTS license a cost-effective high-speed alternative. Thanks to the integrated RIL/NDIS driver, the MC75 is especially suited for smartphones and PDAs based on the Microsoft © Windows Mobile™ operating system. This ensures optimal communication between the operating system and the module. The MC75 includes a USB connection allowing plug and play, which is particularly convenient when using GSM/GPRS modems. Further benefits of integrating the module into all mobile communication solutions include its extremely compact size of 34 x 45 x 3.5 mm, the one-sided layout of the printed circuit board’s components, and its light weight of less than 10 grams. In addition, the MC75 provides the approvals necessary for worldwide use free of charge. Thus, it meets requirements in accordance with R&TTE, FCC, IC, UL, GCF, and PTCRB as well as any country-specific requirements, which network providers may have. This makes it possible for manufacturers to reduce their application development costs as well as their total cost of ownership. The MC75 facilitates a faster launch of mobile computing applications and smartphones on the world market. And last but not least, the MC75 is lead-free, in accordance with the EU Directive on the Restriction of Specific Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS).

Features:

  • EDGE (E-GPRS) Multislot class 10
  • GPRS Multislot class 12
  • GSM release 99
  • Output power: class 4 (2 W) for EGSM850; class 4 (2 W) for EGSM900; class 1 (1 W) for GSM1800; class 1 (1 W) for GSM1900
  • AT commands Hayes GSM 07.05 and GSM 07.07
  • AT commands for RIL compatibility (RIL/NDIS)
  • TCP/IP stack access via AT commands
  • SIM application toolkit (SAT Release 99)
  • Supply voltage range 3.2 – 4.5 V
  • Recommended supply voltage: 3.8 +/- 0.2 V
  • Dimensions: 34 x 45 x 3.5 mm
  • Weight: < 10 g
  • Ambient temperature: –30 ºC…+65 ºC
  • Auto switch-off at +75 ºC

Drivers

  • NDIS/RIL software for Microsoft® Windows® Mobile™ based devices

Specification for fax:

  • Group 3, class 1

Specifications for data EDGE (E-GPRS):

  • Multislot class 10
  • Modulation and coding scheme MCS 1– 9
  • Mobile station class B

Specifications for data (GPRS):

  • Multislot class 12
  • Full PBCCH support
  • Mobile station class B
  • Coding scheme 1– 4

Specifications for SMS:

  • Via GSM or GPRS
  • Point-to-point MO and MT
  • Text and PDU mode
  • SMS cell broadcast

Specifications for voice:

  • Half rate (HR)
  • Full rate (FR)
  • Enhanced full rate (EFR)
  • Adaptive multi rate (AMR)
  • Basic handsfree operation: Echo cancellation; Noise reduction

Approvals:

  • R&TTE
  • FCC
  • UL
  • IC
  • GCF
  • PTCRB
  • Local approvals and network operator certifications

Software

ActiveXperts SMS Messaging Server is a Windows-based software package that enables you to send, receive and process SMS and e-mail messages. Supported communication protocols: GSM, HTTP, SMPP, SMTP, POP3. Incoming messages are processed by 'triggers', and can be fully customized.

It's a framework for any scenario where one/two-way SMS is required. Create a voting/polling system, send out mass SMS broadcasts, create a reservation system, etc.. Real-life case-studies are included as sample projects.