The STX3 unit includes chip technology one-third of the size of its predecessor, the STX2, and is about the size of a US quarter dollar coin.
Globalstar says that the unit has been designed to be easily integrated into a range of M2M devices and applications for remote sensing, tracking and monitoring of items or equipment on board a ship, and is also suited for use in hybrid GPRS/GSM-based tracking or monitoring devices to provide satellite-based backup in areas where mobile network reception is either patchy or non-existent.
The STX3 module works by sending one-way data messages via the Globalstar Simplex Network when integrated into a device, with only a small amount of transmitter power required.
"We see a huge opportunity for VARs and OEMs to incorporate the STX3 chipset into compact and efficient communications devices targeted at a wide and fast-growing range of vertical markets," said Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO of Globalstar.
"With its unrivalled low power consumption and small size, this chipset has the potential to accelerate the adoption of satellite-based M2M – both satellite-only solutions and hybrid cellular/satellite offerings."