- Tue May 02, 2006 7:54 am
Not to bad mouth Telit too much, but they continue to promote what I see as vaporware. I get a lot of inquiry emails about this so here is the current breakdown:
Telit has discontinued the GM862-PCS and Trizium
The GM862-Python is still available.
We got an engineering sample of the GM862-Quad 8 months ago, and it didn't work. I've been told Telit is getting held up with FCC approval for the GM862-Quad.
Once the Quad is out (no eta - I'm guessing months), then there is the GM862-Quad-Python. Then there is the get GE863 which is just the Trizium on steroids.
Once these have been launched, then there is something called the GE864, which is a mini version (true BGA) of the GE863. More delay and FCC approval.
Then we have another board - I forget the name - GM864? that is some sort of an 'easy to use' modular thing for the GM862. I'm not sure.
Then you have the GM862-GPS and GE863-GPS. Yes! These will be very very cool and will scare the pants off all the people who are scared of big brother - because this little guy will be a wicked tracker.
Even if we could get an ETA, I wouldn't believe it. Telit is cool, but their marketing department is getting ahead of themselves. I imagine this is just a north america problem and that Telit is mostly already in Europe, but I don't know. Even if they were available, I don't think any NorthAmerican shopper can buy them from europe, because customs is going to refuse anything that says cellular and doesn't have an FCC ID (the current hold up for the GM862-Quad).
And so we wait. SFE will carry anything and everything that Telit is willing to ship us. We are ready to wire away huge amounts of money, but you can't get around FCC aproval...
Pursue the cheese, win the excellence.