Semtech AirLink XR60 is the world’s smallest rugged 5G router

Semtech AirLink XR60 is a tiny 5G router powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with up to two Ethernet ports (1Gbps and 5 Gbps), WiFi 6 connectivity, GNSS navigation, and an optional RJ45 serial port.

Semtech is better known for its LoRa low-power transceivers, but the company acquired Sierra Wireless last year, so they’ll now have a wider range of wireless products to offer, and the AirLink XR60 5G gateway is the first we cover here on CNX Software since the merger between the two companies.

Airlink XR60 world smallest rugged 5G router

Semtech Airlink XR60 specifications:

  • SoC – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor
  • Memory – 1.2 GB RAM (that should be the free memory)
  • Storage –  1.7 GB (available storage)
  • Networking
    • 5G cellular
      • Sierra Wireless EM9291 5G NR Sub-6 M.2 module
      • Peak downlink – 2800 Mbps
      • Peak uplink – 300 Mbps
      • 4×4 MIMO
      • 4x SMA antenna connectors
      • Dual SIM (Nano-4FF)
      • Carrier – AT&T, FirstNet 4G, T-Mobile, Verizon, CBRS. C-Band (Pending); Planned: Rogers, Telus, Bell, Telstra
      • Public Safety – FirstNet 4G
    • Optional 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi 6
      • Peak throughput – 1200 Mbps
      • Up to 32x clients
      • Client and AP modes
      • 2x SMA antenna connectors
    • Ethernet
      • 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port for the single serial + single Ethernet variant
      • 2x RJ45 ports (Gigabit Ethernet + 5 Gbps Ethernet)  for the dual Ethernet variant
    • Performance
      • 175 Mbps IPSec VPN TCP throughput
      • 800 Mbps Firewall TCP throughput
  • GNSS – Dual-band 48-channel GNSS, 1x SMA connector
  • Serial –  1x RS-232 RJ45 port for the single serial + single Ethernet variant
  • USB – 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port with power delivery and 5 Gbps LAN networking
  • Expansion – 1x GPIO (not quite sure where…)
  • Input voltage – 7 to 36 VDC redundant power input via 4-pin connector and USB-C (45W)
  • Power consumption
    • Idle: 3.5W (290 mA @ 12VDC) – Serial/Ethernet variant
    • Standby Mode Power – 55 mW (4.6 mA @ 12 VDC) triggered on low voltage, I/O, or periodic timer
  • Dimensions – 98 x 39 x 18 mm
  • Weight – 522 grams with Wi-Fi 6 module
  • Temperature Range
    • Operating
      • -40°C to +70°C
      • -30°C to +65°C  (Wi-Fi variant)
    • Storage – -40°C to +85°C
  • Humidity – 95% RH @ 60°C
  • Military Specification – MIL-STD-810H (Shock, Vibration, Thermal Shock, Humidity)
  • IP Rating – IP64 (sealed aluminum housing)
  • Regulatory – FCC, IC/ISED, PTCRB

Configurable 5G router

The 5G router runs AirLink OS enabling management through a local web user interface, AirLink Management Service (ALMS), or a REST API licensed via ALMS. The company also offers one year of AirLink Complete with “advanced remote device and security management via the AirLink Management Service (ALMS) platform”, 24/7 technical support, and a hardware warranty.

Four different SKUs are available for the tiny rugged 5G router:

  • 1105099 XR60 Dual Ethernet (1 Gbps + 5 Gbps)
  • 1105159 XR60 Dual Ethernet (1 Gbps + 5 Gbps) with Wi-Fi
  • 1105160 XR60 Single Serial, Single Ethernet (1 Gbps)
  • 1105161 XR60 Single Serial, Single Ethernet (1 Gbps) with Wi-Fi

Semtech says the 5G router is specifically suitable for utilities, public safety, video surveillance, manufacturing, critical infrastructure, smart cities, fixed wireless access, and vehicle fleets. The AirLink XR60 5G cellular router is available now, but you’d need to contact the company to get pricing. More details may be found on the product page and in the press release.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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6 Replies to “Semtech AirLink XR60 is the world’s smallest rugged 5G router”

  1. Name unfortunately close to plastic explosive…wonder whether their marketing department thought of that

        1. I had a quick look. The company was founded in 1960, and the Semtex “branding” for the explosives was first introduced in 1964. I had never heard about Semtex before.

          1. Fair. So they haven’t exactly exploded onto the scene…

            …I’ll show myself out.

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