NewsSemtech Unveils AirLink XR60: A Compact 5G Router with Exceptional Features

Semtech Unveils AirLink XR60: A Compact 5G Router with Exceptional Features

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Semtech, a globally recognized technology company, has unveiled a new product, the AirLink XR60. This compact 5G router is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, which ensures high performance and efficiency in data processing. The AirLink XR60 boasts two Ethernet ports with capacities of 1Gbps and 5Gbps respectively, WiFi 6 connectivity, GNSS navigation, and an optional RJ45 serial port.

Semtech’s Expansion into the Wireless Products Market

While Semtech has primarily been known for its LoRa low-power transceivers, the company has recently expanded its product range following the acquisition of Sierra Wireless. The AirLink XR60 5G gateway is the first product to be covered since the merger, signalling the beginning of a new era of innovative wireless products.

Key Specifications of the AirLink XR60

The AirLink XR60 comes with a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor and 1.2 GB of RAM. In terms of storage, it provides 1.7 GB of accessible space. The 5G cellular Sierra Wireless EM9291 5G NR Sub-6 M.2 module ensures superior networking, with a peak downlink of 2800 Mbps and uplink of 300 Mbps. It also supports 4×4 MIMO and has 4x SMA antenna connectors. The router is designed with dual SIM (Nano-4FF) functionality and is compatible with several carriers including AT&T, FirstNet 4G, T-Mobile, Verizon, and CBRS. C-Band (Pending); Planned: Rogers, Telus, Bell, Telstra.

The AirLink XR60 also supports optional 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 with a peak throughput of 1200 Mbps and can accommodate up to 32 clients in both client and AP modes. The Ethernet connectivity includes a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port for the single serial + single Ethernet variant, and 2x RJ45 ports (Gigabit Ethernet + 5 Gbps Ethernet) for the dual Ethernet variant. The 5G router also features a dual-band 48-channel GNSS with an SMA connector and a RS-232 RJ45 port for the single serial + single Ethernet variant.

Additional Features and Power Consumption

Additional features include a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port with power delivery and 5 Gbps LAN networking, 1x GPIO expansion, and an input voltage of 7 to 36 VDC redundant power input via a 4-pin connector and USB-C (45W). The power consumption in idle mode is 3.5W (290 mA @ 12VDC) for the serial/Ethernet variant, while the standby mode power is 55 mW (4.6 mA @ 12 VDC) triggered on low voltage, I/O, or periodic timer.

Physical Specifications and Regulatory Compliance

The router measures 98 x 39 x 18 mm and weighs 522 grams with the Wi-Fi 6 module. It operates within a temperature range of -40°C to +70°C, and -30°C to +65°C for the Wi-Fi variant, with a storage temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The router meets the MIL-STD-810H military specification for shock, vibration, thermal shock, and humidity, and boasts an IP64 rating. It complies with FCC, IC/ISED, and PTCRB​ regulations.

Operating System and Management

The AirLink XR60 operates on the AirLink OS, and can be managed through a local web user interface, the AirLink Management Service (ALMS), or a REST API licensed via ALMS. Semtech also provides one year of AirLink Complete, which offers advanced remote device and security management via the ALMS platform, 24/7 technical support, and a hardware warranty.

Variants and Applications

The AirLink XR60 is available in four different SKUs, and is particularly suitable for utilities, public safety, video surveillance, manufacturing, critical infrastructure, smart cities, fixed wireless access, and vehicle fleets. The product is currently available, and interested parties can contact the company for pricing details.

In conclusion, Semtech’s AirLink XR60 is a remarkable addition to the world of compact 5G routers, combining power, performance, and versatility in a small package.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.