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Product description

The new Gemalto Cinterion PLS8 LTE cellular machine-tomachine (M2M) module offers a smart solution for wireless connectivity today and in the future. With the newest 3GPP Rel. 9 LTE technology, PLS8 is optimized for high bandwidth computing, enabling speeds up to 100 Mbps for downlink and 50 Mbps for uplink.

PLS8 and its variants, PLS8-E and PLS8-US, provide worldwide coverage and reliability even while roaming across different wireless networks. For investment protection, PLS8 supports multi designs due to footprint compatibility with Gemalto M2M’s 3G/GSM and CDMA Cinterion modules PHS8 and PXS8/PVS8.

PLS8 offers an ideal communication solution for the challenging requirements of a variety of M2M applications such as ruggedized mobile computing, security solutions, medical equipment, payment systems and gateway routers.

Two antenna pads enable diversity support allowing PLS8 to provide improved data speeds. An optimized GPS antenna path eliminates blanking on GPS and provides more consistent performance.

Gemalto M2M’s unique type of LGA technology enables optimized heat dissipation that prevents warping and gives customers the freedom to select the most beneficial soldering paste for each individual application.

Like all Cinterion products, the PLS8 comes with full type approval (FTA) and is certified by the largest global network operators.

Technical specifications


  • PLS8-US Quad Band LTE: 700/850/AWS (1700/2100)/1900 MHz, FDD-Band (17,5,4,2) Tri Band UMTS (WCDMA): 850/AWS (1700/2100)/1900 MHz, FDD-Band (5,4,2) Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  •  LTE (FDD 3GPP Release 8/9 2x2 DL-MIMO
  •  UMTS/HSPA (FDD) 3GPP Release 8 Rx diversity
  •  SIM Application Toolkit, 3GPP release 99
  •  Control via AT commands (Hayes, TS 27.007, TS 27.005)
  •  Fully integrated GPS/GLONASS solution (Qualcomm gpsOne Gen8A)
  •  Supply voltage range 3.3 - 4.2 V, highly optimized for minimal power consumption
  •  Dimension: 29 × 33 × 2,3 mm
  •  Operating Temperature Range: -40 °C to +85 °C
  •  RoHS and REACH compliant, EuP support


  •  LTE Cat. 3DL: max. 100 Mbps, UL: max. 50 Mbps, 2x2 DL MIMO
  •  HSPA+ DL Cat.24 / UL Cat. 6, Dual Carrier DL: max. 42 Mbps, UL: max. 5.76 Mbps
  •  EDGE Class 12 data rates DL: max. 237 kbps, UL: max. 237 kbps
  •  GPRS Class 12 data rates DL: max. 85.6 kbps, UL: max. 85.6 kbps  Voice Support (HR, FR, EFR, AMR narrowband & AMR wideband)
  •  Handsfree speaking
  •  Voice Support for LTE via CSFB (circuit-switched fallback), prepared for VoLTE
  •  Supplementary services & USSD support
  •  SMS text and PDU mode




  •  USB interface supports multiple composite modes and a Linux-/Mac- compliant mode
  •  Firmware update via USB
  •  BIP (Bearer Independent Protocol)


  •  Standalone GPS and GLONASS
  •  GNSS dedicated AT commands
  •  A/GPS support: standalone, XTRA®, CP E911
  •  Protocol: NMEA-0183 V2.3
  •  Option for temporary NMEA stream buffering
  •  Tracking Sensitivity: better than -158 dBm


  •  156 pad LGA mount
  •  Pads for primary, secondary Antenna and GNSS
  •  Digital audio interfaces (PCM or I2S)
  •  USB 2.0 HS interface up to 480 Mbps
  •  UICC and U/SIM card interface 1.8 V and 3 V
  •  Serial Interface (UART)
  •  10 GPIOs shared with Network Status and Low Current Indication, 2 ADCs





  •  NDIS/USB driver for Microsoft® Windows Vista™, Windows 7™ and Windows 8™
  •  USB driver for Microsoft® Windows Embedded Compact™
  •  RIL driver for devices based on Android OS™
  •  CDC-ACM compliant mode for Linux


  •  AT&T
  •  Other local approvals and certifications on request



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