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FreeWave launches its ‘most advanced embedded radio ever’


FreeWave Technologies, a provider of in industrial machine-to-machine and internet-of-things wireless networking solutions, has launched what it says is the most advanced embedded radio it has ever produced.

The ZumLink Z9-PC is the latest in the company’s line of 900 MHz radios designed for original equipment manufacturers and embedded applications.

The radios are designed to function in rugged environments for a variety of applications across industrial IoT markets.

These include defense, precision agriculture, oil and gas, unmanned systems, smart cities and utilities. 

Additionally, future iterations of the Z9-PC will feature full programmability with third-party applications, a clear differentiator for wireless within the Industrial IoT.


Phil Linker, senior product manager at FreeWave Technologies, says: “The Z9-PC is our most advanced embeddable radio to date.

“Not only does it support the functionality of FreeWave’s ZumLink 900 MHz Z9-PE radio, but will include the ZumIQ App Server with the ability to host third-party applications at the edge of IIoT networks.

“Companies in critical industries can utilize data and provide command and control like never before.”

Over the past year, FreeWave has introduced the ZumLink 900 MHz Series of radios to include the Z9-P, Z9-PE, Z9-C, and Z9-T, each of which provides a unique value proposition.

The Z9-PC is the culmination of the 900 MHz radio series, as it provides versatility and flexibility, and, most importantly, provides programmability for industries in need of future-proof IIoT technology.

ZumLink is the underpinning of the company’s go-forward strategy for Industrial IoT (IIoT) and embedded radio applications.

ZumLink’s flexible, high-speed, low power consumption radios leverage FreeWave’s ZumBoost Network Acceleration Pack to assure the most efficient network platform possible.

ZumBoost introduces techniques such as compression, packet aggregation, forward error correction, and patent-pending “adaptive spectrum learning” technology to ensure maximum throughput to meet the demands of today’s wireless applications.

Additional features include:

  • Five RF link rates from 115.2 kbps up to 4 Mbps
  • 128-bit and 256-bit AES counter mode encryption
  • Multiple link rates, channel sizes and modulations
  • Frequency hopping and single channel

ZumLink Z9-PC is available now. Pricing varies, depending upon quantity.