Digi International Launches XLR PRO for Reliable Long-Distance Data Communications

Digi International Launches XLR PRO for Reliable Long-Distance Data Communications

Digi XLR PRO™ with Punch2™ Technology is First Unlicensed 900MHz Radio to Reliably Transmit More Than 100 Miles – Even in Noisy RF Environments.

Digi International, the M2M solutions expert, today unveiled the Digi XLR PRO™ line of radios for ultra-reliable, long-range wireless data transmission for Ethernet and serial devices. With its patent-pending Punch2™ Technology to overcome noisy RF environments, Digi XLR PRO radio is ideally suited for industries with remote assets such as oil and gas exploration/production, utilities and precision agriculture.

With a line of sight range of more than 100 miles the 1-Watt, unlicensed, 900 MHz, wide-band radio supports data rates of beyond 3 Mbps, giving the Digi XLR PRO a unique combination of best-in-class performance, extreme reliability, and excellent speed at a great value.

“Wired Ethernet and serial connectivity aren’t always practical at many of our customers’ remote sites,” said Sam Utley, Communication Products Manager from Campbell Scientific.
“We’re excited to have the Digi XLR PRO to offer customers who have to deal with tough radio environments. We’ve never been able to provide a radio that can gather and reliably transmit data this fast at these distances. To my knowledge, there’s no other product that provides that powerful combination of reliability, distance and speed.”

Digi XLR PRO’s patent-pending Punch2 Technology is optimized for reliable, long-range data communication in the most challenging RF environments. Punch2 Technology leverages Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) modulation which uses its entire allocated bandwidth to broadcast a signal which allows it to easily break through noisy RF environments.

Currently, typical radios use either direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) or frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) which can distort the data signal by adding random elements to the signal to help distinguish it from other RF noise. Punch2 Technology’s use of CSS relies on the linear nature of the chirp gaining advantages such as superior receive sensitivity, immunity from transmission interference and the ability to transmit data over long distances without degradation of the signal.

Digi XLR ProJoel Young, chief technical officer for Digi, said:

“Digi XLR PRO is a game-changer because it allows companies to reliably send large amounts of field data over long distances in challenging environments. In ultra-noisy, RF environments, companies now have the option to use the Digi XLR PRO with its Punch2 Technology.”

Digi XLR PRO is simple to use and requires no programming. It can be quickly and easily configured using Digi’s XCTU configuration platform and can be managed and maintained with the Device Cloud Manager.

Digi XLR PRO is available for $1499 MSRP and is certified for North America. Stock is now available from the following channel partners: Arrow Electronics, Avnet Electronics, Digi-Key, Future Electronics, Braemac, Industrial Networking Solutions, Mouser Electronics, Neteon Industrial Networking, and Express Systems and Peripherals.

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