Stellar today announced the introduction and commercial availability of the DS300 satellite modem. The DS300 supports companies in a variety of industries including transportation, heavy equipment, marine and aeronautics that share data over the ORBCOMM low-earth orbit satellite network.
The DS300 is a complete hardware solution for companies using a wide variety of applications to track, monitor and communicate with their fixed and mobile assets around the world.
"Stellar has long recognized the need to achieve multiple market objectives by offering top quality products that meet the highest industry standards at the lowest market price," Zvi Huber, general manager for Stellar Satellite Communications, said. "The DS300 is the first programmable, GPS-enabled modem to be offered for less than $200 for use on the ORBCOMM satellite network. Delphi's reputation for quality in the automotive industry and their world-class manufacturing combined with Stellar's 12 years of product development expertise, means we anticipate the DS300 will become a market leader."
Features of the DS300 include an integrated user-programmable application processor, built-in 12-channel GPS receiver, several I/O options, power conditioning and battery charging circuitry packaged in a rugged, automotive-grade enclosure. Stellar is also offering a DS300 developer kit to help new users rapidly develop applications, while reducing time to market.
"We are excited and pleased to provide the hardware for the Stellar DS300," said Beth Schwarting, Delphi Electronics & Safety general director of sales and marketing. "The DS300 combines a globally competitive price with a robust design and unique features and functions that we believe will make it attractive to customers."
The DS300 has received type approval from ORBCOMM and the FCC to operate on the ORBCOMM network. It has also met the rigorous performance and reliability standards of Delphi products. It is also approved by the Mexican government, and is in the final stages of ETSI testing in Europe.
The DS300 is the second in a series of modems to be jointly developed by Stellar and Delphi. This unit follows the DS100 model introduced this past June to meet the needs of the remote monitoring and tracking markets. The DS300 is available at a cost of under $200.