5G modem solution optimized for IIoT

5G modem solution optimized for IIoT

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Wireless technology company Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the company’s first, purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) modem solution equipped with 5G connectivity and optimized for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications.
By Rich Pell

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The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem-RF System is offered as a comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution designed to support the IoT ecosystem in building upgradeable LTE and 5G devices for IoT verticals, accelerate the adoption of 5G connectivity for IoT, and expand the overall opportunity for 5G in the IoT industry.

“We are pleased to unveil our new 5G IoT solution which will help stimulate and scale the 5G IoT industry and enable the transitions needed for Industry 4.0,” says Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This solution will help create long-lasting devices and promote growth and expansion in the 5G IoT industry, allowing seamless integration for customers utilizing previous generations of connectivity.”

The needs of modern IoT, says the company, include seamlessly transitioning wired factories to wireless with solutions capable of supporting both LTE and 5G connectivity. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem was designed with industrial and enterprise applications in mind, built with gigabit-class performance, low-power, and thermal-efficient capabilities to enable a new generation of fast, powerful and high-performing IoT solutions. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem is intended to meet the needs of industry segments including: retail, energy, automation and manufacturing, precision agricultural, construction, mining, public venues, and more.

With the global expansion of 5G, says the company, its 315 5G IoT modem is a new solution serving the high end of IoT broadband modems, complementing the company’s existing portfolio of LTE IoT modems with a path towards 5G proliferation. Additionally, due to its reduced footprint and highly integrated RF front-end, the solution expands the portfolio, purposely designed to provide a pin-to-pin compatible solution for current LTE legacy modules, enabling the ability to upgrade legacy solutions with no changes needed to existing hardware.

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem supports global 5G NR sub-6GHz bands and operates in stand-alone (SA) only mode, with the capability to switch to LTE as needed, and can be deployed over private or public 5G networks, leveraging network slicing or in isolation. This solution is offered as optimal for IoT applications that can be seamlessly integrated with existing ethernet and wired technologies.

The new modem comes with extended life software and hardware maintenance and support, prolonging IoT devices for the duration of their life span. This new solution, says the company, will help accelerate the digital transformation of the 5G IIoT industry, proliferating 5G for IoT.

The 315 5G IoT modem is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2021.

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