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Iridium 9603N SBD Transceiver (9603N)

The Iridium 9603N Short Burst Data (SBD) transceiver module is Iridium’s smallest, lightest and most advanced SBD satellite transceiver that provides global SBD connectivity through the world’s furthest reaching network.

  • SBD

Iridium 9603N SBD Transceiver Features

Iridium 9603N Transceiver Features

It is ideal for developers who need an extremely compact satellite transceiver to incorporate into an integrated solution for a specific application or vertical market.

Key Benefits and Features

• Smallest available form factor
• Pole-to-pole global coverage
• Short Burst Data capable
• GPS module antenna feed for shared antenna applications
• Single header connector for:
- Power
- On/off control
- logical level asynchronous Uart Control
- Network availability
• Simple AT command interface
• Automatic message queue notification
• SIM-less operation
• Fully certified
• 12-month warranty

Iridium 9603N SBD Transceiver Specifications

DC Power Input

Power consumption at 5.0 VDC Peak Average
Idle Current 156mA 34mA
Transmit Current 1.3A 145mA
Receive Current 156mA 39mA
SBD Message Average Current Average Power
Transfer 158mA <= 0.8 W

RF Characteristics

Parameter Value
Frequency Range 1616 MHz to 1626.5 MHz
Duplexing Method TDD (Time Domain Duplex)
Input/Output Impedance 50 Ω
Multiplexing Method TDMA/FDMA


Temperature Degrees ºC Degrees ºF
Operating Range -30ºC to +85ºC -20ºF to +185ºF
Storage Temperature Range -40ºC to +85ºC -40ºF to +185ºF
Operating Humidity ≤ 75% RH
Storage Humidity Range ≤ 93% RH


Dimensions mm inches
9603N 31.5L x 29.6W x 8.10D 1.24L x 1.16W x 0.31D
Weight kg lbs
9603N .0114 0.025