Globalstar announces new QUALCOMM Duplex satellite data and voice module

Globalstar announces new QUALCOMM Duplex satellite data and voice module

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California, USA, 27 March 2007: Globalstar Inc., one of the leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments, and individuals, announced today that it has started to receive shipments of the new GSP-1720 satellite data and voice module (SDVM) from manufacturer QUALCOMM Incorporated.

With the SDVM being approximately half the size of the previous GSP-1620 modem board or SDM and approximately 33 percent of the weight, the GSP-1720 offers integrators, OEMs, and developers a more compact wireless solution for those data applications that require or utilize two-way satellite communications. The GSP-1720 also integrates a number of new features including a more efficient power management system, passive and powered antenna capability for enhanced performance plus multiple port connectivity with both USB and serial connections. The GSP-1720 SDVM is also voice capable, which will provide developers with a broader opportunity by enabling them with the ability to integrate voice capability into their various satellite data solutions.

Duplex satellite data modems provide ideal solutions for a wide variety of customers looking for wireless data communications within and beyond the reach of traditional wireless and terrestrial infrastructure. Various utility, transportation, maritime, oil and gas, government, military, and environmental monitoring customers use Globalstar satellite modems for a variety of SCADA, telemetry, and monitoring applications as well as basic Internet and email access.

“Since the introduction of our original SDM product, Globalstar has been listening to the demands of our various integrators and the new GSP-1720 meets those demands,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc. Mr. Monroe added, “The new GSP-1720 is not only more compact, but QUALCOMM has delivered a product that requires significantly less power than its predecessor. This allows our integrators to power their Globalstar integrated modem solutions with solar cells and other rechargeable power sources. Most importantly, it once again demonstrates our commitment to continue providing our customers with the latest in two-way or duplex satellite data products and services.”

Globalstar will make available a range of antennas for the SDVM, designed for the rigors of maritime installations as well as mobile and fixed land applications. The company is also developing an Integrator’s Kit with the associated manuals, development and power cables, and software. Globalstar expects to launch the GSP-1720 and the associated Integrator’s Kit to developers and OEMs later this spring.